PARIS (AP) _ Alexandre Lagoya, a self-taught French guitar player known for his mastery of both classical and popular music, has died. He was 70.

Lagoya died Tuesday in Paris as a result of a long illness, Le Figaro newspaper reported, citing his family.

Lagoya and his wife Ida Presti were an acclaimed duo, and after her death in 1967, he continued his career as a soloist and guitar teacher in Paris.

In addition to his concert and teaching career, Lagoya performed for film scores and made audio recordings, especially of classical composers like Handel.

Born in Alexandria, Egypt to a Greek father and Italian mother, Lagoya became a French citizen in 1950.

Funeral services were planned for Saturday in Paris. There was no immediate word on survivors.