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September 26th, 2012 11:18am EDT

Andy Williams

Legendary crooner Andy Williams has died at the age of 84.

The Moon River singer had been battling bladder cancer for a year and was released from the hospital in Los Angeles in July to spend his final days at home. He passed away at his home in Branson, Missouri on Tuesday evening.

Williams began his career in the 1930s in the Williams Brothers quartet with his three singing siblings before going solo in 1953. He is best known for his popular renditions of a string of classic songs, including Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head, Happy Heart, Can't Get Used to Losing You, and Music to Watch Girls Go By.

His popularity soared in the 1960s and he became a TV staple in the U.S., hosting the weekly variety program The Andy Williams Show from 1959 to 1971.

He also presented several Golden Globes and Grammy Awards ceremonies, and in 1973 he was given the honor of singing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.

Williams' recording career became less prolific in the 1980s and '90s, but he enjoyed a resurgence in popularity in the U.K. in 2002 when he re-recorded his classic Can't Take My Eyes Off You as a duet with singer/actress Denise van Outen.

Williams had lived in Branson for many years, and the city is home to the Moon River Theatre, which he opened in 1992.

He is survived by his second wife Debbie, and his three children by his first wife Claudine Longet.

Photo Credits: PR Photos , William Morris Agency


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