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Andy Williams on May 19, 2008 in Beverly Hills.
Sad news to report from the music world: Legendary singer Andy Williams died Tuesday night.
His rep tells Lifeline Live that Williams passed away after a year-long battle with bladder cancer. He was 84.
Williams, who was one of the most popular vocalists of the 1960s as well as an avid golfer, died at home in Branson, Mo., where he owns the Moon River Theatre. Moon River -- by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini -- was one of Williams' signature songs. On Twitter, fans are saying farewell to our "huckleberry friend."
"The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren't there," the singer once recalled. "Well, I was there all right, but my memory of them is blurred â?? not by any drugs I took but by the relentless pace of the schedule I set myself."
Said Kathie Lee Gifford on Today. "He had perhaps the most beautiful male voice ever. Perfect pitch."
Williams was also well-known in the 1970s and '80s for his Christmas television specials. Known for his affable, easy-going personality, he hosted the Grammys, the Golden Globes and the People's Choice Awards numerous times.
The crooner is survived by his wife, Debbie, and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian. Williams had the children with French-born dancer Claudine Longet. They divorced in 1975 and the following year she was charged with fatally shooting her boyfriend, alpine ski racer Spider Sabich in Aspen. Williams made headlines as he stood by her side throughout the public trial. He married Debbie Meyer in 1991.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.