Tony Bennett‘s wife is opening up about his battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
The 95-year-old music icon and his wife Susan Crow sat down with Anderson Cooper for an interview on 60 Minutes, which aired on Sunday (October 3). The interview was filmed over the summer several weeks before Ton turned 95.
During a one-on-one with Anderson, Susan, 55, talked about her husband’s battle with the disease.
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“Every day is different. Tony late at night, sometimes early in the morning, he’s more alert, if I can use that word,” Susan shared. “So, I’ll tell him, ‘Tone, you’re gonna be on 60 Minutes.’ He’s, like, ‘Great.’”
She continued, “I said, ‘You remember that show, 60 Minutes‘ he’s, like, ‘I do.’ But in any other given moment, he won’t know.”
Susan then revealed that Tony “doesn’t know” he has Alzheimer’s disease.
“He recognizes me, thank goodness, his children you know, we are blessed in a lotta ways. He’s very sweet. He doesn’t know he has it,” Susan shared.
Anderson then asked, “He doesn’t know he has it?” to which Susan confirmed, “No.”
It was announced earlier this year that Tony was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s back in 2017.
Also during 60 Minutes, Anderson spoke with Dr. Gaytari Devi, who diagnosed Tony with Alzheimer’s.
Anderson asked Dr. Devi if she knows what’s happening in Tony‘s brain.
“No one really knows,” Dr. Devi admitted. “But I know that his hippocampus, which is the Grand Central Station of memories– and the conduit through which we retrieve memories as well as lay down memories is not working very well.”
Just the other day, Tony released his final album, and second with Lady Gaga, Love for Sale. You can listen to it here.
Tony Bennett’s wife Susan says the 95-year-old legendary crooner doesn’t know he has Alzheimer’s Disease. “He recognizes me, thank goodness, [and] his children… we are blessed in a lot of ways. He’s very sweet. He doesn’t know he has it,” she says. https://t.co/0YVgHwS513 pic.twitter.com/o4fVs5a1DE
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 4, 2021