Charles Aznavour, singer dubbed 'France's Frank Sinatra,' dies aged 94

French singer Charles Aznavour performing in Paris in 2017.

Paris (CNN)Veteran French singer and songwriter Charles Aznavour, whose illustrious career spanned more than eight decades, has died at the age of 94, his spokeswoman told CNN on Monday.

He died in the French Alps where he had a house, said spokeswoman Vincence Stark.
Aznavour, who was born to Armenian immigrant parents in Paris in 1924, is perhaps best known for his 1974 hit "She" and 1964's "Hier Encore."
    Last year Aznavour was added to Hollywood's Walk of Fame, and in 1998 was named CNN entertainer of the century.
    Charles Aznavour in 1960.
    The singer, who penned and recorded over 1,000 songs, was sometimes dubbed the French Frank Sinatra for his rousing, mournful style.
    Indeed, Aznavour collaborated with Sinatra, along with other musical legends Elton John and Liza Minelli.
    He was married three times and had six children.

    'I am Armenian, so I'm not going to deny that'

    Aznavour also championed the cause of Armenians around the world, and in 2015 visited his parents' homeland to commemorate the 100th anniversary of mass killings some scholars consider genocide. Turkey vehemently rejects that characterization.