November 6, 2011- On Saturday night, singer and entertainer Andy Williams announced to his fans during his Christmas show that he has cancer of the bladder. The entertainer, who this year turned 83 announced early that he was battling the disease but vowed he would return again next year to enjoy his 75th year in the entertainment business.
He announced to his fans, “I have bladder cancer, but thankfully that no longer equals a death sentence. People everyday get through cancer, kicking it and winning more often each year and I planned on being one of the winners.”
The singer, famed for his rendition of Moon River, missed performances that had been planned this fall with what at the time was an unknown medical problem. The theater also said he most likely would not fulfill his holiday schedule.
His appearance Saturday came as a big surprise to those in attendance and caused a standing ovation from the capacity crowd. The longtime singer enjoyed a string of great songs during the 1950s and 1960s, but his version of Moon River is what sets him apart from his contemporaries. His career has brought him three platinum and 18 gold albums.
Williams had a hit show on TV from 1962-1971 called The Andy Williams Show. He sang Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, before announcing he would return next year.