The famed French singer Charles Aznavour, known colloquially as the 'French Frank Sinatra', has died aged 94.

The singer-songwriter's spokesperson confirmed the news on Monday (October 1). The star died at one of his homes in the south east of France.

Aznavour, who was born Shahnour Varinag Aznavourian in Paris to Armenian parents, sold more than 100 million records in 80 countries over the course of his career and featured in over 60 films.

He is best known for his 1974 hit single She. The ballad got a second lease of life when it was covered by Elvis Costello for the soundtrack to the 1999 film Notting Hill.

Aznavour began his career selling his music to French artists such as Edith Piaf and Maurice Chevalier in the 1940s and 1950s.

He was named entertainer of the century by CNN in 1998. In 2017, Azvanour was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He recorded more than 1,200 songs in seven different languages throughout his long-running career.

The singer was due to embark on a seven-date tour in France and Switzerland this November. 

He had recently returned from a tour in Japan, having been forced to cancel concerts this summer due to a broken arm.

Aznavour was married three times, to Micheline Rugel in 1946, Evelyn Plessis in 1956, and finally Ulla Thorsell in 1967, and fathered six children..