BREAKING: We’ve Lost One of the Greatest

( – BREAKING NEWS NOW: One of the most legendary entertainers of his generation who outlived all of his contemporaries, Tony Bennett, passed away at 96.

According to a report from one of his hometown newspapers, the New York Post, “Publicist Sylvia Weiner confirmed Bennett’s death, revealing he passed away in his hometown of New York. His cause of death — just two weeks shy of his 97th birthday — has not yet been announced.”

As the Post also notes, after most recently spending two years working with Lady Gaga to create “Cheek to Cheek,” the album “debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart and featured classic covers ranging from Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” to Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Lady” and Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes.”

Shortly after that, “Bennett revealed in February 2021 that he was suffering from a progressive, degenerative brain disease. The family told AARP that his decline began in 2016, but his battle with Alzheimer’s became seriously concerning in 2018 when he was recording “Love for Sale” with Lady Gaga.”

“‘Life is a gift, even with Alzheimer’s,’ he tweeted at the time.”