French singer Sacha Distel died yesterday 'after a long illness' (assumed to be cancer). I have a soft spot for a few French singers and actors (for example Catherine Deneuve, Johnny Hallyday, amongst a number) and Sacha Distel, whilst perhaps not amongst those, was certainly a talented individual who always provided good value; he had one of those French accents which was escpecially delicious to hear when he spoke English, which he did with a high degree of competence. By all accounts, and despite his somewhat 'rakish' reputation in Britain, he led a perfectly normal and stable life. Rest in Peace. An obituary and an article.