“Thanks to all of the followers, mates and colleagues of Tony’s who celebrated his life and humanity and shared their love of him and his musical legacy,” Bennett’s spouse, Susan Benedetto (née Crow), and his eldest son, Danny, wrote in a joint statement via Instagram as tributes continued to pour in. “From his first performances as a singing waiter in Queens to his final performances in 2021 at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor, Tony delighted in performing the songs he beloved and making folks completely satisfied.”
The duo shared a photograph of the late musician (actual identify Anthony Dominick Benedetto) acting at Radio Metropolis Music Corridor on his ninety fifth birthday in August 2021. “And as unhappy as right now has been for all of us we will discover pleasure in Tony’s legacy endlessly,” the assertion concluded.
The heartwarming message got here hours after information broke of Bennett’s dying. He was 96.
Bennett’s publicist confirmed the information to the Related Press, noting that he handed away in New York. His reason for dying was not revealed on the time, however Bennett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2016.
“Tony left us right now, however he was nonetheless singing the opposite day at his piano and his final track was, ‘Due to You,’ his first #1 hit,” Bennett’s team wrote via social media on Friday. “Tony, due to you we’ve got your songs in our coronary heart endlessly. ❤.”
The legendary jazz singer, who received greater than 18 Grammy Awards all through his practically seven-decade profession, would have turned 97 on August 3.
Along with his spouse, whom he wed in 2007, Bennett is survived by his 4 youngsters from previous relationships.
Bennett tied the knot for the primary time in 1952, exchanging vows with an artwork scholar named Patricia Beech. That very same 12 months, he launched his debut album, Due to You. The previous couple welcomed sons Danny and Dae in 1952 and 1955, respectively. Bennett and Beech separated within the Nineteen Sixties and finalized their divorce in 1971.
The “Way You Look Tonight” singer moved on with Sandra Grant, whom he wed in 1971. The pair welcomed daughters Joanna and Antonia in 1970 and 1974, respectively. Whereas Bennett and Grant cut up in 1979, they weren’t legally divorced till 2007.
Bennett and Benedetto subsequently stated “I do,” they usually have been married for greater than 15 years earlier than his dying.
The assertion from Bennett’s household was simply considered one of many mourning Bennett’s passing on Friday. The musician acquired an outpouring of affection from fellow singers and different superstar admirers.
“Relaxation in peace, Tony. You have been the epitome of a gentleman with a God given one-of-a-kind voice,” Carrie Underwood captioned a slideshow of pics of herself and Bennett through the years. “It was actually an excellent honor of my profession and of my life to get to share the stage with you…”
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Reba McEntire additionally gushed over the late singer by way of social media, writing, “I had the pleasure of being round @itstonybennett twice in my profession, each occasions at Christmas. He was a gentleman and a music icon and his voice will reside on for years to return. Relaxation in peace, Tony.”