Singer Daniel Lévi died this Saturday at the age of 60, confirmed his wife Sandrine Aboukrat on Instagram. The artist’s funeral will take place this Sunday at the Saint Pierre Jewish cemetery in Marseille, she said. He had been suffering from colon cancer since 2019.
Two days ago, his wife had shared the latest worrying news about his illness on Instagram and dropped: “Time is running out”… From the end of July, she had explained that her companion was going to follow a new protocol of cancer care.
A childhood in Lyon
Benjamin of a family of seven children, Daniel Lévi spent his childhood in Lyon and studied the piano for ten years. He began his career in the early 1980s with a first album, “Cocktail”, which did not meet with the expected success.
After several prestigious collaborations, such as those with Gloria Gaynor, who engaged him in the first part of his European tour, or Michel Legrand, who offered him to record songs from the soundtrack of the film “Parking” by Jacques Demy (1985) , Daniel Levi participated in his first musical in 1991.
He interprets the roles of Frédéric Chopin and Alfred de Musset in the show “Sand and the Romantics”, written by Catherine Lara and Luc Plamondon.
“This blue dream”, “The desire to love”…
In 1993, he recorded “Ce rêve bleu”, the song from the Disney cartoon “Aladdin”. This duet with the singer Karine Costa, which makes him better known, will mark a generation.
In 2000, Daniel Lévi achieved recognition with the role of Moïse in Elie Chouraqui and Pascal Obispo’s musical “The Ten Commandments”, and his flagship song “L’Envie d’aimer”.
The musical is a triumph at the Palais des Sports for several weeks and on tour. The album sold 1.3 million copies, according to Universal Music France.
After the end of the “Ten Commandments”, Daniel Lévi resumed his solo career and his compositions tinged with jazz, soul music, and French variety. In total, Daniel Levi has released six solo albums.
The reactions to the death of the singer were not long in coming, like that of Cyril Hanouna: “He was an immense talent and an example of humility. We will miss him. »
Or the Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul-Malak: “Daniel Lévi was a singular, powerful voice. »
Daniel Lévi had announced the birth of his fourth child this month of July.