'Moon River' Singer Andy Williams Dead at 84

Leaves behind a wife, three children

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 26, 2012 9:06 AM CDT

(Newser) – Andy Williams, who announced onstage at his Branson, Missouri, theater last year that he had bladder cancer, died yesterday at home in Branson. Williams, 84, had been in show business for 75 years; it was his iconic rendition of "Moon River" in the early 1960s that propelled him to stardom. The Andy Williams Show followed in 1962, staying on the air until 1971 and returning each year for a Christmas special. In 1963, the variety show first introduced the Osmond Brothers to America, People reports. Williams, who accumulated 17 gold and three platinum records, is survived by wife Debbie and three children.

Andy Williams smiles as he speaks to reporters during his news conference in Tokyo in this July 25, 2004, file photo.
Andy Williams smiles as he speaks to reporters during his news conference in Tokyo in this July 25, 2004, file photo.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, file)
In a Dec. 19, 1974 file photo, American singer Andy Williams and his wife Claudine Longet, shown upon arrival at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London, for the Royal Charity World premiere of The Man With the Golden Gun.
In a Dec. 19, 1974 file photo, American singer Andy Williams and his wife Claudine Longet, shown upon arrival at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London, for the Royal Charity World premiere of "The Man With...   (AP Photo/Press Association, File)
In a May 12, 1961 file photo, Andy Williams performs a song on a television show.
In a May 12, 1961 file photo, Andy Williams performs a song on a television show.   (AP Photo, File)
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