Tony Bennett, the iconic singer and songwriter who was known for his smooth vocals and timeless music, has died at the age of 96. The report was corroborated by Sylvia Weiner, Bennett's publicist, who declared that the artist had passed away on Friday of his home in New York City. Bennett had been struggling with Alzheimer's since 2016.

Bennett was the final great saloon singer of the mid-20th century, who left an unforgettable stamp on the music industry. During his career he received countless rewards, which included 20 Grammy Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and, in 2005, he was made a Kennedy Center Honoree.

With a career that spanned over eight decades, Bennett was one of the most successful performers in music history. With an astounding 70 albums released and sales reaching 50 million records globally, his everlasting appeal is clear. Among his well-loved hits are "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," "The Way You Look Tonight," and "Fly Me to the Moon." Bennett's velvety voice and impeccable phrasing made him a true master of the American songbook.

Despite his tremendous success, Bennett remained humble and focused on his artistry. He often said that his goal was to create a hit catalog rather than chase after individual hit records. This dedication to the craft of music is evident in his extensive discography, which showcases his versatility as a performer and his commitment to preserving the classic American standards.

Bennett dropped his swan song studio album, "Love for Sale," in 2021. It boasted collaborations with Lady Gaga and further underscored Bennett's incomparable artistry as a vocalist. The album garnered broad praise and was a fitting denouement to Bennett's exemplary career in the music industry.

Bennett was wed to Susan Crow in 2007, and together they had four children - Danny, Antonia, Dae, and Joanna. His unparalleled musical legacy will undoubtedly continue to intrigue and excite audiences for ages to come.

As the world mourns the loss of this music legend, Tony Bennett's timeless music will forever hold a special place in the hearts of his fans. His contributions to the American songbook and his dedication to the craft of music will always be remembered and celebrated.