French rocker Johnny Hallyday leaves Martinique hospital
French rock star Johnny Hallyday left hospital in Martinique at 2.30am Friday and was transported by plane to Los Angeles, where he has a home. After his five-day stay in hospital, there is concern that the 69-year old singer may not be well enough to appear at a concert billed for 4 October in Montreal, Canada.
Hallyday left the hospital in Fort-de-France, on the French West Indian island of Martinique, in the small hours and boarded a private jet heading for Los Angeles.
He was to be taken to a hospital in Los Angeles, according to RTL radio which has enjoyed privileged links to the rocker for some years.
Eagle-eyed journalists suspected his departure was imminent on Thursday afternoon when a hairdresser entered the hospital by a side door. The star’s wife, Laeticia.had already arrived in the morning.
Hallyday was transferred to the hospital on Monday from another in Point-à-Pitre after being taken ill at a home he owns on the jet-set island of Saint-Barthélemy.
Doctors are staying mum about the reason for his hospitalisation but his entourage has said that it was a breathing problem, while he at one point tweeted that it was bronchitis.
On Wednesday he posted a message on Instagram to guitarist Brian Ray, assuring him in extremely colloquial terms that he would soon be back in the studio to “slay” an album they are to record.
But, given the length of his stay in hospital, French media are speculating that he may not be in good enough to continue his 2012 tour, whose second leg is due to kick off with the Montreal gig.