Legendary singer Tony Bennett has revealed he has Alzheimer’s, after being diagnosed with the disease in 2016.
The iconic musician opened up about his battle with the disease in a new interview, tweeting a link with the words: ‘Life is a gift – even with Alzheimer’s.’
According to AARP, the 94-year-old has been ‘spared the disorientation that can prompt patients to wander from home, as well as the episodes of terror, rage or depression that can accompany Alzheimer’s frightening detachment from reality.’
However, the article also revealed the effects he has been facing with the disease as it stated: ‘His expression had a masklike impassivity that changed only slightly to dim awareness when Susan placed a hand on his shoulder, leaned over and said: “This is John, Tone. He’s come to talk to us about the new album.”
‘She spoke into his ear, a little loudly perhaps, in a prompting, emphatic register, as if trying to reach her husband through a barrier that had fallen between him and the rest of the world.’
The jazz legend has enjoyed some of his greatest success in recent years, including the release of his chart-topping duets album with Lady Gaga, Cheek to Cheek.
The article confirmed that a follow-up to Cheek to Cheek, recorded between 2018 and early 2020, will be released in the Spring.
Alzheimer’s is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills and, over time, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks.
In most, the symptoms first appear in their mid-60s and eventually leaves them dependent on caregivers.
Credit: Original article published here.