“My husband, my king Daniel Haim ben Sarah Lévi has joined Gan Eden”. It is with these words that Sandrine Aboukrat announced the death of her husband Daniel Lévi, this Saturday, August 6. The singer was 60 years old. Daniel Lévi had been battling colon cancer for a few years and made his disease public in 2019.

His disappearance marked the world of music and aroused many tributes. Rima Abdul Malak, the Minister of Culture, reacted in particular on her Twitter account: “Daniel Lévi was a voice, singular, powerful. Fights too: climate, caregivers, fight against racism, support for Lebanon, there is no never hesitated to commit to making the world a little better. All my condolences to his family and loved ones”.

Daniel Lévi became famous in 2000, thanks to his role as Moïse in the musical The Ten Commandments, by Elie Chouraki and Pascal Obispo. His interpretation of The desire to love had also allowed him to win the prize for the original song at the Victoires de la musique. But his career is not limited to this immense success.

Born in Algeria in 1961, Daniel Lévi grew up in Lyon where he studied piano at the city’s conservatory for ten years. His career began in 1983, with his first album Cocktail, recalls Franceinfo. A mixture of jazz, soul, French variety and world music, which did not meet with the expected success but offered him a certain recognition of the profession.

In 1985, he opened for Gloria Gaynor on the singer’s European tour. He meets Michel Legrand, who offers him to record songs on the soundtrack of Jacques Demy’s film Parking. Then, in 1991, he joined the musical Sand and the romantics of Catherine Lara and Luc Plamandon, before being chosen to interpret the flagship title of the cartoon “Aladdin”, This blue dream which marked an entire generation.

He will release a second album, in 1996, before knowing the consecration with The Ten Commandments. After that, Daniel Lévi resumed his solo career and released 5 more albums. The last, Thanks to you, was released in 2021.

As is Jewish tradition, his funeral took place a few hours after the announcement of his death. A vigil was organized on Saturday evening at the Synagogue de la Rose in Marseille, then Daniel Lévi was buried on Sunday August 7 at the Saint-Pierre Jewish cemetery.