Legendary crooner Andy Williams dies of cancer

6:05 PM, Sep 26, 2012   |    comments
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BRANSON, MO - Legendary singer and Emmy-winning TV host Andy Williams is dead, passing Tuesday night after a year-long battle with bladder cancer.  

He was 84.

Williams passed away at home in Branson, Mo.,where he owns the Moon River Theatre. Moon River was one of Williams' signature songs.

The singer, who also had a residence in La Quinta, Calif., is survived by his wife Debbie and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network. 

Williams said in November 2011 that he was diagnosed with bladder cancer but planned to continue performing at the namesake theater he built in Branson in 1992.

The clean-cut Iowa native began singing with his brothers as a child, and his easy style and mellow voice led President Ronald Reagan to call Williams "a national treasure." Though his version of "Moon River" made him world famous, it was among his many hits, including "Butterfly" and "Can't Get Used to Losing You." 

 

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