The famous French humorist Jean-Yves Lavis, known for his phone pranks, has died at the age of 64 in Vans (western France), his family told AFP.
The artist, born in 1957 and a pioneer of hidden camera pranks, had been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis a year ago, his family revealed when his death was announced to AFP.
“His condition suddenly deteriorated in the last 24 hours,” one of his relatives said.
The artist started his career in radio broadcasting before entering the field of television and acting, collaborating with many directors such as Pascal Shumel and Melanie Auvret.
Social networking sites contributed to making him famous among the younger generation, after his previous recordings were successful on “Tik Tok”, for example, garnering millions of views.
Since the announcement of his death, salutes have flowed, praising a sensitive and sympathetic man, away from the “heavy” impression that some of his humor might reflect.
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