Emmy-winning TV host and singer Andy Williams dies

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By Alan Duke

(CNN) — Legendary singer Andy Williams, known for his smooth voice and classics such as “Moon River,” died after a year-long battle with bladder cancer at his Branson, Missouri, home on Tuesday night, his family said.

Williams, 84, began his singing career as a child in a quartet with his brothers, but rose to stardom as a solo act starting in the 1950s.

“The Andy Williams Show,” a weekly television variety program that ran for nine years on NBC starting in 1962, and a dozen TV specials from 1959 through 1987 made Williams a household name in the United States.

He spent the last 20 years of his career performing on his own stage at his Moon River Theater in Branson.

CNN’s Denise Quan contributed to this report.

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