Singer Andy Williams, The Golden Voice, has confirmed he has bladder cancer.
Williams, 83, revealed his battle with the disease to the crowd at his Christmas show on Saturday night, The Associated Press reported.
The AP also quoted a Tri-Lakes News report, which stated that early in the show at the Moon River Theatre in Branson, Mo., Williams vowed to return next year to celebrate his 75th year in show business.
I do have cancer of the bladder, Williams said. But that is no longer a death sentence. People with cancer are getting through this thing. They're kicking it, and they're winning more and more every year. And I'm going to be one of them.
Williams, who is best known for his songs Moon River and Can't Take my Eyes Off You, had missed some planned performances this fall because of a medical condition that wasn't disclosed at first.
Reports were that Williams would also likely miss out on things scheduled for the holidays because of the undisclosed illness. The newspaper reported he has not started treatment, although it did not identify the person who provided that information.
During his career, Williams has been awarded 18 gold and three platinum albums. He hosts an annual Christmas special on television.
I'm going to do the shows I've planned to do, Williams said as reported by the AP.
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