Loved ones of Tony Bennett shared messages of love and joy following the singer’s death on Friday, July 21.
Bennett’s wife said, “Thank you to all of Tony’s fans, friends and colleagues who have celebrated his life and humanity and shared their love for him and his musical legacy.” Susan Benedetto (née Crowe) and her eldest son, Danny, wrote in a joint statement via Instagram, as tributes continued to pour in.
The two shared a picture of the late musician (real name Anthony Dominic Benedetto) performing at Radio City Music Hall on his 95th birthday in August 2021. The statement concluded, “And as sad as today has been for all of us, we can always find joy in Tony’s legacy.”
The heartwarming message came hours after news of Bennett’s death broke. He turned 96 years old.
Bennett’s publicist confirmed the news to The Associated Press, reporting that he had died in New York. His cause of death was not revealed at the time, but Bennett was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016.
“Tony left us today, but that day he was singing at his piano and his last song was ‘Because of You’, his first No. 1 hit,” Bennett’s team wrote on social media on Friday. “Thank you Tony, your songs will live on in our hearts forever. ❤.”
The legendary jazz singer, who won more than 18 Grammy Awards in a career spanning nearly seven decades, will turn 97 on August 3.
In addition to his wife, whom he married in 2007, Bennett is survived by his four children from his previous relationships.
Bennett first married an art student in 1952 Patricia Beach, In the same year he released his first album, through you, The former couple welcomed sons Danny and Dee in 1952 and 1955, respectively. Bennett and Beach separated in the 1960s, and their divorce was finalized in 1971.
The “The Way You Look Tonight” singer continued Sandra Grantwhom he married in 1971. The couple welcomed daughters Joanna and Antonia in 1970 and 1974 respectively. While Bennett and Grant separated in 1979, they were not legally divorced until 2007.
Bennett and Benedetto then said, “I do”, and their marriage lasted more than 15 years before his death.
The statement from Bennett’s family was one of many condolences on Friday over Bennett’s death. The musician received immense love from fellow singers and other celebrity fans.
“Rest in peace, Tony. You were the epitome of a gentleman with a unique God-given voice,’ Carrie Underwood captioned a slideshow of photos of himself and Bennett over the years. “It was truly a great honor in my career and my life to share the stage with you…”
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Reba McEntire “I had the privilege of being with @itstonybennett twice in my career, both times on Christmas,” she also wrote about the late singer via social media. He was a gentleman and a music icon and his voice will live on for years to come. Rest in peace Tony.”
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