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Sadly, her life story was full of illness, injury, addiction, and these factors took its toll on her body. French cabaret artist Edith Piaf is best known for her ballads about life, love, and sorrow. LIMOGES, France, Aug. 28 (UPI)—Theo Sarapo, the last husband of Edith Piaf, died to day after an auto accident in Limoges. Meeting with her Last Husband and Conversion to Orthodoxy. Édith Piaf was previously married to Théo Sarapo (1962 - 1963) and Jacques Pills (1952 - 1956). See the article in its original context from. Theophanis Lamboukas (Greek: Θεοφάνης Λαμπουκάς, 26 January 1936 – 28 August 1970), professionally known as Théo Sarapo, was a French singer and actor, and the second husband of the French singer Édith Piaf.Formerly a hairdresser, he was 26 years old when he married the 46-year-old Piaf. Édith's father, Louis Alphonse Gassion (she was born Édith Giovanna Gassion), is also buried in the tomb (his name is engraved on the right side of the tombstone along with Édith's and Théo's). Mr. Sarapo's career fell into semi‐obscurity after her death but he recently made a come back. Daughter Marcelle's name is engraved on the opposite side. However, her condition rapidly deteriorated. Edith Piaf last relationship was with the young hairdresser Teo Sarapo (Theophanis Lambukas), an immigrant from Greece. Sarapo often recorded and performed in concert with Piaf during their marriage. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. She died at the age of 47 in Cannes, France. Formerly a hairdresser, he was 26 years old when he married the 46-year-old Piaf. Sarapo died at age 34 at the side of the road in Limoges, Haute-Vienne, following an automobile accident on 28 August 1970 in the commune of Panazol. Theo Sarapo, Singer, Dies; Was Husband of Edith Piaf. He is buried beside Piaf and her daughter Marcelle (by lover Louis Dupont) in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris. His best known film as an actor was Judex, directed by Georges Franju, which was being filmed at the time of Piaf's death. After his tragic death in a plane crash, Edith could no longer imagine falling in love and getting married again. Theophanis Lamboukas ( Greek: Θεοφάνης Λαμπουκάς, 26 January 1936 – 28 August 1970), professionally known as Théo Sarapo, was a French singer and actor, and the second husband of the French singer Édith Piaf. This is a digitized version of an article from The Times’s print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. The motto on their tomb translates as "Love Conquers All". Sarapo was the last in a long line of Piaf discoveries (including Yves Montand, Les Compagnons de la chanson, Georges Moustaki, etc.). Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems; we are continuing to work to improve these archived versions. (What Good Is Love?) Consigue fotografías de noticias de alta resolución y … He was introduced to her by Claude Figus, Piaf's secretary. Four other persons in his car were injured. LIMOGES, France, Aug. 28 (UPI)—Theo Sarapo, the last husband of Edith Piaf, died to day after an auto accident in Limoges. When he began singing with Piaf his voice was very nasal, but over the next few years his tone mellowed. Piaf left many debts for her second husband (and protégé) Theo Sarapo, who was twenty years younger (he died in 1970, at age 34). She died the following year. He was introduced to her by Claude Figus, Piaf's secretary. She died on October 10 or October 11. They were married in October of that year. But when he met Edith Piaf, he felt a solidity of protection that he had never felt before. Mr. Sarapo was dead on arrival at the Limoges Hospital. and solo hits with "La maison qui ne chante plus" (The House Which No Longer Sings), and "Ce jour viendra" (That Day Will Come); its English-language version, "Our Day Will Come", was covered by Ruby & the Romantics and others. His stage name "Sarapo", as pronounced in French, is Greek for "I love you" (Σ'αγαπώ, s'agapo) and was chosen by Piaf herself. Piaf's funeral was massive yet, because of her lifestyle, was forbidden a Mass. Mr. Sarapo, a 33 ‐year ‐old singer, was returning from va cation with friends when their car swerved to avoid another vehicle and crashed into two trees. Mr. Sarapo was working as hairdresser when Miss Piaf, plagued with illness, discovered him in 1962 and fell in love with him. It was the only time since WWII that Parisian traffic was completely stopped. There were many men in Edith’s life and also many disappointments in men, possibly because she could not stand being alone. Four other persons in his car were injured. His other hits included "La Ronde" (The Round) and "Nous n'étions pas pareils" (We Weren't Alike). TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. But her only true love was the boxer Marcel Cerdan. That year Piaf made her theatrical debut, and shortly thereafter she was singing in the large music halls of Paris. Four other persons in his car were injured. LIMOGES, France, Aug. 28 (UPI)—Theo Sarapo, the last husband of Edith Piaf, died to day after an auto accident in Limoges. A biography by Theo's younger sister, Christie Laume, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Théo_Sarapo&oldid=984225529, Wikipedia articles with MusicBrainz identifiers, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 18 October 2020, at 23:03. At age 17 Piaf had a daughter, Marcelle, who died aged two. Singer Edith Piaf and her husband singer Theo Sarapo arrive at Nice airport for holiday in St Jean Cap Ferrat on May 31, 1963 in Nice, France. Piaf neither wanted nor had other children. He began calling her “la môme piaf,” Parisian slang for “little sparrow,” a name she later adopted professionally. Sarapo was born in Paris to Greek parents. Mr… He scored a hit with Piaf in 1962 with the song "À quoi ça sert l'amour?" Etched at the foot of the tomb are the words "Famille (Family) Gassion-Piaf.". He was much taller than the singer and almost half her age; in addition to that, Edith was already suffering from a number of diseases by that time. Theophanis Lamboukas (Greek: Θεοφάνης Λαμπουκάς, 26 January 1936 – 28 August 1970), professionally known as Théo Sarapo, was a French singer and actor, and the second husband of the French singer Édith Piaf. A museum was dedicated in her honor. 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