Legendary singer Tony Bennett has died at age 96, just two weeks shy of his birthday, his publicist announced on Friday.
The Story: Bennett, one of the most beloved singers in American history, died at his home in New York.
- A cause of death was not immediately disclosed.
Going deeper: Bennett provided music for millions of Americans for a romantic evening and worked with legendary artists over the years.
- Bennett got his start in music after studying at the American Theatre Wing.
- After opening for legendary singer Pearl Bailey in 1949, he began to break out with his own hits such as “Rags to Riches” and “Because of You.”
- Over his long career, he won two Emmy awards and was named a Kennedy Center honoree, a Gershwin Prize honoree, and an NEA Jazz Master.