Tony Bennett, the legendary king of the American Songbook, has passed away at the age of 96 in New York City.

Despite battling Alzheimer's disease since 2016, Bennett continued to perform and release new music, leaving behind an unforgettable legacy.

Born as Anthony Dominick Benedetto in Queens, N.Y., his career began with recording tracks in the U.S. Army band after World War II. Renamed by Bob Hope, Tony Bennett's velvety-smooth voice made him a sensation on the radio in the 1950s.

While celebrated as a crooner, his love for jazz was evident in collaborations with jazz greats like Duke Ellington and Miles Davis.

In 1962, Bennett's career skyrocketed with the discovery of "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," which became his signature song and won him two Grammy Awards.

Beyond his musical talent, Bennett championed civil rights and used his voice for social causes.

Throughout his career, he maintained a unique sound that resonated with fans across generations, collaborating with artists like Bill Evans, Stevie Wonder, and Lady Gaga.

Tony Bennett's love for music remained his life's driving force, and his passion extended to painting as well. He served as an inspiration to all who knew him, leaving behind a legacy cherished by millions worldwide.