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Tony Bennett

American singer.

Born August 3rd, 1926 in Queens.

Died July 21st, 2023 at 96 years old in New York City (Alzheimer's disease). [ref]

actor, autobiographer, jazz musician, painter, recording artist, singer

Today, the world mourns the passing of Tony Bennett, one of the most beloved and respected performers of all time. He died peacefully at the age of 96 on July 21, 2023. A true multi-generational icon, Bennett has been a vocal force in the music industry for more than seven decades. His distinctive voice and skillful piano playing, combined with his gift of delivering a song to its emotional core, will live on forever. Noted for his impeccable phrasing and perfect pitch, Bennett was an instantly recognizable figure in pop music. He won 17 Grammys, two Emmy Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. He also gained admiration for his painting and was the first artist to receive the Governor's Award and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Singers. Bennett was a tireless humanitarian who was involved in numerous philanthropic initiatives throughout his life. He was an advocate for homeless veterans, anti-drug and anti-bullying campaigns, and Alzheimer's research. He continued to tour worldwide until the age of 94 and never lost his enthusiasm and love for performing. He is survived by his wife and their four children. He will be remembered for his commitment to making music and his unending work to make the world a better place. May he rest in peace.

It is the fate — the genetic and neural fate — of every human being to be a unique individual, to find his own path, to live his own life, to die his own death. Oliver Sacks