Legendary American Pop Singer, Tony Bennett Died at Age 96

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Legendary American pop singer, Tony Bennett died at the age of 96. Singer’s family confirmed the news.

He was just two weeks short of his birthday. Publicist Sylvia Weiner confirmed Bennett’s death to The Associated Press, saying he died in his hometown of New York. There was no specific cause, but Bennett had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016.

Bennett won many awards throughout his career, including 20 Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award, and two Primetime Emmy Awards. He was named an NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Honoree and was the founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, New York. Bennett sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

Tony Bennett released more than 70 albums, bringing him 19 competitive Grammys all but two after he reached his 60s and enjoyed deep and lasting affection from fans and fellow artists.

Barack Obama also shared his feeling about Tony via Twitter and wrote, “Tony Bennett was an iconic songwriter and entertainer who charmed generations of fans. He was also a good man—Michelle and I will always be honored that he performed at my inauguration. We’re thinking of his wife Susan, his kids, and everyone who is missing him today.

Billy Joel say, “Tony Bennett was the one of the most important interpreters of American popular song during the mid to late 20th century. He championed songwriters who might otherwise have remained unknown to many millions of music fans.”

Legendary American Pop Singer, Tony Bennett Died at Age 96