Andy Williams, known for his crooning on the timeless tune “Moon River,” died Tuesday night following a bout with bladder cancer. Williams, 84, battled with bladder cancer for almost a year before passing away at his Branson, Missouri home.
Williams, whose death adds to the list of celebrities lost in 2012, was the host of NBC’s “The Andy Williams Show” from 1962 to 1971. His songs have even led former president Ronald Reagan to dub the singer “a national treasure.” Throughout his prolonged bout with terminal illness, Williams kept showing his spirit to persevere. Williams, who was diagnosed in November 2011, even continued to perform at his Moon River Theater in Branson.
Williams’ career spanned 75 years in the music business and his legacy of 17 gold and three platinum records will forever immortalize him and his legendary performances.
Williams was well known for his Oscar-winning song “Moon River,” which appeared in the iconic 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Williams is survived by his wife, Debbie, and three children from the singer’s previous marriage to Claudine Longet, a French dancer.