Figure of alternative rock, founding member of the groups Pigalle and Les Garçons Bouchers, François Hadji-Lazaro died this Saturday February 25 at the age of 66.

He was a figure of French alternative rock: François Hadji-Lazaro, founder of the groups Les Garçons Bouchers and Pigalle, died on Saturday February 25, shortly before midnight. He was 66 years old. The announcement was made on Facebook by the saxophonist of these formations, Stef Gotkovski and since confirmed by his record company. “I have to announce with this post (it is Faith, the stamp) the death a little before midnight of François Hadji Lazaro or Attilazaro depending on the mood”, can we read in the publication of the one who identifies himself as “ex head of Propaganda for Label Boucherie Productions, and incidentally fake Nietzsche sax of the groups Garçons Bouchers and Pigalle, and especially as a long-time friend of the gentleman who was called Gros François.”

While the cause of François Hadji-Lazaro’s death has not been made official, Le Parisien claims that the 66-year-old artist died of sepsis, a bacterial infection. Born on June 22, 1956 in Paris, the singer had marked the French music scene with songs like Dans la salle du bar-tabac de la rue des Martyrs, or La Lambada we don’t like that. François Hadji-Lazaro had also founded the independent label Boucherie Productions, which saw the emergence of, among others, the Mano Negra.

His recognizable physique had also allowed him to play in the cinema, in The City of Lost Children by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, or even in The Pact of the Wolves. François Hadji-Lazaro has also composed film music and works for children.