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Moon River singer dies aged 84

  • Singer Andy Williams has died at his home in Branson, Missouri at the age of 84, a year after being diagnosed with bladder cancer.

    Born Howard Andrew Williams, he was best known for the song Moon River, the Oscar-winning song from the film Breakfast at Tiffany's.

    He started The Andy Williams Show in 1962, which won him three Emmys.

    Since the 1990s, he had run the Andy Williams Moon River Theater in his home town.

    Williams was born in Iowa and started singing professionally with his three brothers as the Williams Brothers Quartet.

    They performed in nightclubs and later went on to back Bing Crosby on his number one record Swinging on a Star in 1944.

    He married Claudine Longet, a French actress and singer, in 1962. The couple had three children before their divorce in 1975.

    Williams died on Tuesday night and is survived by his second wife, Debbie, and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian.