The late Tony Bennett’s spouse Susan Benedetto has revealed his final phrases previous to passing away final month in an interview with Hoda Kotb on TODAY.
In keeping with Benedetto, her husband’s final phrases had been “that he beloved me” — a sentiment Bennett continued to precise even throughout his worst struggles with Alzheimer’s illness. “He would get up every single day and nonetheless say that,” she added. “He wakened glad every single day. Even when he had had a foul day or evening, he didn’t keep in mind it. That was the one blessing. He wakened glad. And he’s similar to, ‘Susan. You’re the perfect factor that ever occurred to me.’ And he would say that to me on a regular basis.”
Benedetto and Bennett’s eldest son, Danny, additionally revealed that Bennett nonetheless remembered play his songs proper up till his loss of life. In reality, he sang “Due to You” from his 1952 debut album of the identical title simply days earlier than passing.
“We had been getting him as much as train, and so it was simple to only latch onto the piano,” Benedetto remembered. “And I mentioned, ‘Ton, why don’t you stand up and you’ll sing?’ You recognize, any excuse to only get him up. I mentioned, ‘Why don’t you sing?’ He’s like, ‘What do you need to hear?’ I mentioned, ‘How about singing “Due to You”?’”
Watch the total interview under.
Benedetto and Bennett started courting within the mid-’80s earlier than tying the knot in 2007. Collectively, they based the Frank Sinatra College of the Arts, a public highschool in Queens, New York devoted to instructing the performing arts, in 2007.
Bennett died on July twenty first on the age of 96 following a prolonged battle with Alzheimer’s. His good friend and shut collaborator Woman Gaga shared a prolonged tribute on Instagram following his passing, wherein she wrote about lacking her good friend “endlessly.” The pop singer and actor added, “With Tony, I acquired to dwell my life in a time warp. Tony & I had this magical energy. We transported ourselves to a different period, modernized the music collectively, & gave all of it new life as a singing duo.”