Iconic singer Andy Williams has died at 84 after a long battle with cancer, his rep Paul Shefrin confirmed to Lifeline Live.
The singer, who died Tuesday night at his home in Branson, Mo., battled bladder cancer for almost a year, after being diagnosed November of last year. Despite the devastating diagnosis, the singer continued to perform at his Moon River Theatre in Branson, keeping to his earlier promise when he told The Associated Press in 2001, “I’ll keep going until I get to the point where I can’t get out on stage.”
Williams was dubbed as “a national treasure” by President Ronald Regan and was known for lending his voice to classics such as “Moon River” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” He was also the host of NBC’s The Andy Williams Show from 1962 to 1971, which won three Emmy Awards for best musical/variety series.
Williams started his singer career at eight years of age with his three brothers as part of the Williams Brothers Quartet and spent a total of 75 years in the entertainment business. Over this span, Williams earned 17 gold and three platinum records.
Williams is survived by his wife, Debbie, and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian from his previous marriage to French Claudine Longet.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.