Oct 06, 2021

Tony Bennett “doesn’t know” he has Alzheimer’s disease says wife Susan

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Credit: @itstonybennett / Instagram

In an interview with 60 Minute’s Anderson Cooper in the US, Benedetto revealed the family is blessed in many ways but the singer’s condition has continued to deteriorate.

“He recognises me, thank goodness, his children, you know we are blessed in a lot of ways,”  shared Susan. 

“He’s very sweet.” 

It was back in February the world first learnt that Bennett is living with Alzheimer’s disease.

The 95-year-old musical legend appeared on stage for one last time in August alongside frequent collaborator Lady Gaga at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. 

Bennett struggled to follow the conversation during the 60 Minutes filming, but Anderson was astonished when Bennet began to rehearse.

Without sheet music in front of him, Bennett performed perfectly, recalling every word and note. 

Dr Gaytari Devi, who diagnosed Bennett in 2017, told People the singer “knows he’s Tony Bennett and he knows how to behave like Tony Bennett.” 

“That’s an area of the brain that’s just so … innately hardwired,” she said. 

Devi explained that music is located in the region of the brain associated with emotion, and when people living with Alzheimer’s sing or perform, they can be easily moved.

Credit: @itstonybennett / Instagram

Bennett’s is “not a sad story,” Lady Gaga has expressed. 

“It’s emotional. It’s hard to watch somebody change. I think what’s been beautiful about this, and what’s been challenging, is to see how it affects him in some ways, but to see how it doesn’t affect his talent.”  

Anderson said seeing Bennett rehearse “was among the most extraordinary things I’d experienced on a shoot”.

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