Legendary singer Andy Williams, known for his smooth voice and classics such as "Moon River," died after a year-long battle with bladder cancer at his Branson, Missouri, home Tuesday (25th Sept) night, his family said.
Williams revealed that he had been diagnosed with the illness in November last year and vowed to beat the disease and return to the stage, insisting that cancer was "no longer a death sentence". But a unfortunately, he has succumbed to the condition.
Williams, 84, began his singing career as a child in a quartet with his brothers, but rose to stardom as a solo act starting in the 1950s.
"The Andy Williams Show," a weekly television variety program that ran for nine years on NBC starting in 1962, and a dozen TV specials from 1959 through 1987 made Williams a household name in the United States.
His most hit single in the UK was a newly recorded version of 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You', which he re-recorded as a duet with singer Denise Van Outen. It reached Number 23 in 2002. Williams is survived by his wife, Debbie, and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian.
Sources: NME, CNN