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Juilette Gréco dead – French singer passes away aged 93 after suffering stroke

FRENCH singer Juliette Gréco has died at the age of 93 after living a life "like no other", her family says.

The musician is famous for songs including 'Parlez-moi d’amour', 'Je suis comme je suis' and 'Si tu t’imagines', as well as her style, which made her an icon in her home country.

She died of a stroke on Wednesday near St Tropez.

Her family confirmed the news of her death to AFP, and said: “Juliette Gréco died this Wednesday surrounded by her family in the house she loved so much.

"Her life was one like no other.

"She was still making French songs shine at the age of 89.”

The singer, born in 1927, was a muse to photographers, writers and other musicians.

At the age of just 16, she and her sister were arrested by the Gestapo after their mother disappeared.

They later discovered she had been working for the French Resistance.

After her imprisonment, Gréco began performing in cellar clubs and cafes.

Dressed in black, she became a muse to philosophers and writers including Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus, and was photographed by artists including Robert Doisneau and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

She later made her singing debut in Parisian cabaret.

She only stopped performing in 2016 aged 89 after a stroke. In the same year, her only daughter, Laurence-Marie, died.

“I miss it terribly. My reason for living is to sing! To sing is everything, there is the body, the instinct, the head,” she told Télérama magazine in an interview in July.

Gréco was also a celebrated actor, working with some of cinema's greats, such as Jean Cocteau and Ingrid Bergman, Orson Welles and Ava Gardner.

She married three times: 1953 to actor Philippe Lemaire, with whom she had a daughter; then to the actor-director Michel Piccoli between 1966 and 1977, and finally to Gérard Jouannest, who co-wrote some of Jacques Brel’s greatest songs including 'Ne Me Quitte Pas' (Don’t Leave Me).

However, she also had a long love affair with jazz trumpeter Miles Davis.

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