Andy Williams has confirmed he’s suffering from bladder cancer – and vowed to beat the illness and return to the stage next year.
Responding to media reports of the condition, the legendary crooner spoke to the crowd at his Moon River Theater in Branson, Missouri last night (November 5).
He said that being diagnosed with bladder cancer is “no longer a death sentence” and revealed plans to play more gigs in September and October 2012, reports BBC News.
People with cancer are getting through this thing. They’re kicking it, and they’re winning more and more every year. And I’m going to be one of them.
He continued: “I’m going to do the shows I’ve planned to do.”
Williams scored his first hit single in 1953 and has gone on to put out 18 albums which have been certified gold and three which have been certified platinum.
His most hit single in the UK was a newly recorded version of ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’, which he re-recorded as a duet with singer Denise Van Outen. It got to Number 23 in 2002.