Belgian singer Arno dies at 72 after long battle with cancer

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Belgian singer Arno died at the age of 72 on Saturday. He had been battling pancreatic cancer for several years.

Belgian music is in mourning. Rock singer Arno died of cancer on Saturday April 23. He was 72 years old. Real name Arnold Hintjens, he was a singer but also an actor. He was sometimes compared to Alain Bashung or Tom Waits. “Damn, damn it was really good. Arno left us on April 23. We will all miss him, his family, his friends, his musicians, but he will always be there thanks to the music that kept him going. at the end,” wrote his Belgian agent Filip De Groote in a press release.

He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in November 2019. He then had to postpone a series of concerts to treat himself. He was back on stage in July 2020.

Arno, who sang in French, Flemish and English, had released his first studio album in 1986 after being part of the group TC Matic then TC Band. The French had discovered the broken voice and the hair in battle of Arno on the soundtrack of the film “Merci la vie” by Bertrand Blier in 1990.

Arno had made a specialty of original and offbeat covers of titles by Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, Adamo but also the Rolling Stones, Bob Marley or ABBA.

His latest album, “Santeboutique”, dates from 2019.