French rock star Johnny Hallyday emerges from coma

Other News Materials 15 December 2009 03:02 (UTC +04:00)

French rock star Johnny Hallyday has emerged from a medically induced coma after undergoing surgery in a Los Angeles hospital, BBC reported.

Hallyday, 66, was admitted to Cedars Sinai hospital to be treated for an infection allegedly received during an operation for a slipped disc in Paris.

Doctors put him in a coma on Friday in order to conduct two operations.

Hallyday, who has been active since the 1960s, has a passionate following in the French-speaking world.

He has had a series of health problems since treatment for cancer of the colon earlier this year, and was operated on in Paris for a back injury suffered during his latest farewell tour.

Controversy flared up over the operation, performed by surgeon Stephane Delajoux, who was beaten up on a Parisian street on Saturday.

The surgeon's lawyers insist there was "absolutely no negligence" during the operation.