Andy Williams

Stars Offer Tributes to Andy Williams

Tributes have begun pouring in for veteran crooner Andy Williams following his death on Tuesday at the age of 84.

The Moon River singer passed away at his home in Branson, Missouri following a year-long battle with bladder cancer, prompting an outpouring of messages on Twitter.com.

British singer and namesake Robbie Williams led the tributes by writing, “God bless Andy Williams”, while country star Reba McEntire adds, “So sad to hear the news of Andy Williams’ passing this morning. His brother, Don, was my manager in the 80’s. My prayers are w (with) the family.” And Josh Groban offers, “So sad…LOVE his voice.”

Meanwhile, former Culture Club star Boy George tweets, “R.I.P & respect for the amazing Andy Williams! Your voice filled the world with beauty & soul!” And ex-Boyzone singer Ronan Keating tweets, “Thank you Andy what a voice it will be missed. Rest well.”

Business tycoon Donald Trump has also offered his thoughts, writing, “Andy Williams has died. He was a friend of mine and a great guy,” and even actress/model Elizabeth Hurley has tweeted a tribute, writing, “RIP Andy Williams-thanks for the wonderful songs which you gave to the world.”

Williams, who was also a fan of Twitter.com, signed off to followers at the weekend and hinted his days were numbered. His final post a simple, “Sigh”.

Moon River Singer Andy Williams Dies

Singer and TV star Andy Williams died this week at his Branson, Missouri home. Williams’ rep tells Fox News the 84-year-old battled bladder cancer for the past year. He passed away Tuesday night. Williams is survived by his second wife, Debbie, and his three children from his first marriage to French dancer Claudine Longet.

Williams had a string of hit songs in the late 50s and early 60s, including “Butterfly,” “Are You Sincere” and “Can’t Get Used to Losing You,” but it was his rendition of “Moon River” that put him on the map. He hosted The Andy Williams Show on NBC from 1962 to 1971 and completed a host of successful tours. Williams earned 5 Grammy nominations over his lengthy career and recorded 18 gold and three platinum records.

Williams continued performing in his later years. In 2001, he told the AP he planned to “keep going until I get to the point where I can’t get out on stage.” He stayed true to his world and continued performing even after announcing his cancer diagnosis in 2011.