Michel Berger died 30 years ago: This fatal tennis game for the singer

A true phenomenon of the ’80s and ’90s, Michel Berger was at the height of his stage fame and at a crossroads in life when his heart stopped at Ramatuelle on August 2, 1992.

Inevitable Michael Berger, his songs and his music have remained in the legend of French singing despite the decades that have passed since 08/02/1992, When he was on the curve of a tennis match at his property in Ramatuelle, his heart definitely bowed.

Surrounded by his friends and family during the holidays, Michel Berger suddenly dies in the middle of a tennis match

This was their ritual for the holidays: Michel Berger and France Gall, married for 16 years, were at their estate in Ramatuelle, as they are every summer, reveals Le Parisien in an article for this Sunday, July 31st. Friends family, “Michel likes it when a lot of people are there when it happens”, France Gall had entrusted to a journalist from Paris, who came that day to interview the star couple on the occasion of the tour planned together. This will be his last public speech in the truest sense of the word. As Le Parisien reveals, Michel Berger was approachable, approachable and strove to describe himself “in shorts and a green shirt”. “A lot of people think I’m jaded, cold and docile. In fact, I’m just the opposite. I have a humility and a distraction in me that makes France treat me like Professor Tournesol. But I also have a real revolt against an unjust world where it’s too difficult to be fully happy.”

Unfortunately, these words will come true: At 5 p.m., when the journalist Michel Berger said goodbye, France Gall and her friends went to the property’s tennis court. It’s still very hot in the Var, at least 30 degrees. The laughter melts, the friends are there. Michel Berger puts down his racquet after a few balls and hands his water bottle to Claude-Michel Schönberg, his friend and neighbor in Ramatuelle. With him he played chess every day after dinner on the beach, then tennis matches, often in doubles, followed by dinners with friends. Claude-Michel Schönberg also confided in himself “Michel preferred that to many social events that his status imposed on him” Having to be absent to see “Ruy Blas” with Lambert Wilson at the Ramatuelle Festival, no one is surprised by Michel Berger’s farewell to the court. But twenty minutes later, a scream rings out, whistling the end of the perfect holiday in Ramatuelle. On August 2, 1992, at the age of 44, Michel Berger suffered a cardiac arrest from which he would not recover. It was not the first episode, since a first illness had appeared two years earlier without him treating it. After complicated years, wanting to conquer America, he started a tour around the world with France Gall, ended his race after this game too many. “Maybe there’s someone there who remembers I was there,” he sang on his latest album, Double Jeu. It’s been 30 years and we still remember it.

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Michael Berger
He was very good friends with Johnny Hallyday and came to his home in Ramatuelle for lunch a few days before his death

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Michael Berger
Michel Berger was in full swing and had ongoing projects with France Gall, his wife

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Michael Berger
They were friends with Johnny Hallyday and appeared on stage in 1986

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Michael Berger
His songs are timeless to this day.

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Michel Berger and France Gall
Couple on stage and in life, they had two children together

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Michael Berger
Author, composer, performer, he remained in the legend of French song

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Michael Berger
What he loved were the evenings with friends, especially during the holidays.

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France Gall
Raphaël and Pauline were still children when Michel Berger suddenly died

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France Gall
Pauline, 13, had cystic fibrosis when her father died. She died in 1997

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Despite the hardships, France Gall kept the memory of Michel Berger alive

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France Gall
The singer also died in 2018.

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