'AARP' also reports that a follow-up to his 'Cheek to Cheek' album with Lady Gaga is due this spring.
Legendary pop singer Tony Bennett has been battling the progressive neurological disease Alzheimer's for more than four years. The news was revealed in an interview with Bennett's family in AARP magazine in which the singer's wife and son reveal that he was first diagnosed in 2016 and that as the irreversible disease progresses the 18-time Grammy winner has "increasingly rarer moments of clarity and awareness."
Describing the legendarily jovial singer's appearance during a November visit to Bennett's New York apartment, the writer describes how the eternally youthful star's smile has dimmed, making way for an expression that had a "masklike impassivity that changed only slightly to dim awareness" when his wife Susan placed a hand on his shoulder.
Struggling with the most common form of age-related dementia, Bennett, 94, has reportedly not suffered some of the more challenging effects of the disease -- disorientation, episodes of terror, rage and depression -- but does display some cognitive challenges during the course of the interview. "Even his increasingly rare moments of clarity and awareness reveals the depth of his debility," the writer recounts.