French 'Elvis' leaves Caribbean hospital for US

FILE - This Sept. 15, 2009 file photo shows French singer Johnny Hallyday during the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. France's biggest rock star, Johnny Hallyday, has been hospitalized in Los Angeles for an infection following back surgery. A statement Wednesday Dec. 9, 2009 from his Paris press office says Hallyday, an entertainment icon for decades, is "under observation" for the infection linked to Nov. 26 surgery on a herniated disc.(AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File) (AP)

August 31, 2012 9:18:24 AM PDT
French singer Johnny Hallyday is out of a Caribbean hospital and on his way to Los Angeles.

The 69-year-old performer whose glittery rock shows have led some to call him the "French Elvis," spent five days in a hospital on the island of Martinique. He was in the cardiac section of the hospital but sent a message to fans via Instagram that it was nothing but a case of "severe bronchitis."

Hallyday boarded a flight early Friday from the French island to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was then expected to travel to Los Angeles, where he has a home. He walked slowly to the airplane, unaided except by an umbrella for the rain.

The singer was first hospitalized Sunday in Guadeloupe, then moved the next day to Martinique.