Musical Icon & Legend Tony Bennett Dead At 96

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Musical icon and legend Tony Bennett has passed away at the age of 96. His career has spanned generations, seeing a resurgence due to his collaboration with Lady Gaga in 2011. Yet, he did not need Gaga to help him in any capacity as he was already a well-respected performer. So, how did he die? Read on for more details.

Musical Icon & Legend Tony Bennett Dead At 96

According to Variety, Tony Bennett passed away Friday, July 21st in New York City. Sadly, it was discovered that the singer has Alzheimer’s back in 2016. Of course, that did not stop Bennett from keeping on moving with his career five years after his diagnosis. It appears that his love of music kept him alive and thriving. Bennett was just weeks shy of his 97th birthday but he has lived a rich and full life. Though it just happened, his fans are already mourning the loss. They immediately took to Twitter to honor him and the legacy he left behind.

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So, what was his life like before he became a household name? He was born on August 3, 1926, in Queens to a grocer father and a seamstress mother. They had no money but he kept singing- literally. Apparently, his passion for the arts began when he was knee-high to a grasshopper. Therefore, he would end up at a high school for Industrial Arts. Tony Bennett looked up to such performers as Al Jolson and Bing Crosby. As time would go by, Frank Sinatra became someone who influenced him along with Billie Holiday and Judy Garland.

Drafted, Performing, & MTV

Despite Tony Bennett being drafted for World War II, he still was able to sing in the band. Eventually, his career launched but it was a series of unfortunate events over the next few decades that would force his son to take over. This was quite possibly the best move ever. Danny Bennett ensured that his father was marketed to the MTV audience and landed him gigs with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. More so, he landed his MTV Unplugged gig which allowed a new generation to see what a vocal master he truly was.

It was his Duets albums that kept connecting him to the next generation of music fans. He performed and toured with Lady Gaga and they created an amazing friendship. Finally, Tony Bennett has earned the title of the oldest singer to land a number-one album. He also has 20 Grammy Awards but the biggest legacy that he leaves behind is his family. Sending condolences to his wife, children, grandchildren, and all who he touched in his long career.

Rest in musical paradise, Tony.

Amanda Lauren

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