Tony Bennett’s Son Danny Shares Father’s Final Words Before Death

Tony Bennett’s eldest son, Danny Bennett, is reflecting on his closing moments together with his father.

“His final phrases to me [were], ‘Thanks,’” Danny, 69, instructed Hoda Kotb throughout a Thursday, August 3, interview for the At the moment present. “Can’t say it higher than that.”

Information broke late final month that Tony had died on the age of 96. “Tony left us at the moment, however he was nonetheless singing the opposite day at his piano and his final track was, ‘Due to You,’ his first #1 hit,” the jazz singer’s workforce wrote by way of social media in July, confirming his passing. “Tony, due to you now we have your songs in our coronary heart ceaselessly.”

Tony is survived by spouse Susan Benedetto and his 4 kids, whom he shared with exes Patricia Beech and Sandra Grant, respectively. (Tony and Beech coparented sons Danny and Dae, whereas he shared daughters Antonia and Joanna with Grant.)

Danny, for his half, famous on Thursday that his beloved father was a “man of the individuals,” and that he was grateful to witness that firsthand rising up. “[We] by no means took that without any consideration. It was a tremendous journey,” Danny added.

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Hoda Kotb speaks with Danny Bennett and Susan Benedetto.

Benedetto, who married Tony in 2007 after a long time collectively, additionally opened as much as Kotb, 58, about her closing reminiscences together with her late husband.

“The music by no means left him,” she mentioned on Thursday, noting the ultimate track he carried out was his very first hit, “Due to You,” forward of his loss of life. “[His last words to me were] that he liked me … he would get up day-after-day and nonetheless say that. He wakened completely happy day-after-day.”

Danny — who served as Tony’s supervisor previous to his loss of life — additional mirrored on watching his dad’s profession through the years.

“He got here into my workplace one time. And he mentioned, ‘I used to be watching MTV.’ He goes, ‘I believe I can try this.’ After which walked out. And I used to be like, ‘All proper,’” he quipped through the At the moment interview. “I put him on these reveals that had been, you already know, 60,000 youngsters at RFK Stadium, between 9 Inch Nails and PJ Harvey. And, you already know, it was just a little nerve-wracking.”

Danny added: “He turned to me and he mentioned, ‘Can I ask you a query?’ And he goes, ‘You suppose Frank [Sinatra] would do that?’ And I mentioned, ‘No.’”

Tony’s reinvigorated profession even led to an unlikely on-stage partnership with Woman Gaga, who mourned the legacy of her “actual true buddy” earlier this week.

“I’ll miss my buddy ceaselessly. I’ll miss singing with him, recording with him, speaking with him, being on stage collectively,” the pop star, 37, wrote by way of Instagram on Monday, July 31. “With Tony, I obtained to reside my life in a time warp. Tony & I had this magical energy. We transported ourselves to a different period, modernized the music collectively, & gave all of it new life as a singing duo. But it surely wasn’t an act. Our relationship was very actual.”