Legendary singer Tony Bennet has died at the age of 96, his publicist has said.
Publicist Sylvia Weiner confirmed Bennett’s death to The Associated Press, saying he died in his hometown of New York just two weeks shy of his 97th birthday.
There was no specific cause, but Bennett had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016.
Bennett, the last of the great lounge singers of the mid-20th century, used to say that his lifelong ambition was to create “a catalog of hits rather than hit records.”
He has released more than 70 albums, earning him a competitive 19 Grammy Awards, all but two after he turned 60, and enjoyed deep and lasting affection from fans and fellow artists.
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