Tony Bennett was a born and raised New Yorker and spent most of his life there. On his social media, you would get glimpses of his apartment which was splendid and located in Manhattan.
Keep reading to know more about Bennett’s much-loved home and the last few years of his life…
Tony Bennett had a wonderful life and career before passing away on July 21, 2023, at the age of 96 years old. He had a seven-decade career filled with many hits, which led to him having millions of fans around the world.
“I Left My Heart In San Francisco” singer was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016, a fact which initially was not known to many people. The singer spent his last days in his beloved New York apartment, which was also the home of his art studio and the place where he gave his last interview.
His wife Susan Benedetto was his primary caregiver in his last years on earth after his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s. She revealed how her husband would question his diagnosis. She shared a conversation there once had, saying, “He would ask me, ‘What is Alzheimer’s?’ I would explain, but he wouldn’t get it. He’d tell me, ‘Susan, I feel fine.’ That’s all he could process, physically felt great.”
Even after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis, he kept going strong because of his solid physical health. The singer even made an album with singer Lady Gaga and kept a positive attitude throughout recording the album, even if he made a few minor mistakes like forgetting certain words.
His lovely apartment is where he spent most of his time in the last few years. The singer’s abode was located in a high-rise building overlooking Central Park, on the 15th floor. The living space had three bedrooms, a large kitchen where Bennett famously cooked as well as a decked-out entertainment room, home office, bathrooms, and more.
The walls are covered with giant windows which allow natural light to come in and light everything up. The windows also allowed the late singer and songwriter to always be able to enjoy a view of the park and New York skyline without leaving his abode.
The singer also converted one of the bedrooms into a studio. The studio eventually became a sanctuary for the Grammy winning singer. He kept his sketches adorned on the walls while art supplies such as paintbrushes, tubes of paint and more lay scattered around the studio.
In 2015, the singer shared with the New York Times how he also had a passion for painting. He showcased a large easel that sat next to a breathtaking window view of Central Park. He said, “Instead of buildings, you have nature here. There’s nothing more powerful than that.”
The singer also loved spending time in his kitchen. The room hosted soft yellow walls, oak cabinets, and a large dining table and was often featured on his social media as he uploaded snippets of his time in the kitchen as he cooked.
The singer’s living room had panel wood floors, large white couches, and a floor-to-ceiling mirror. And of course, the star of the living room was a black grand piano which Bennett was known to play for hours on end.
The singer kept his Alzheimer’s diagnosis under wraps. He was 94 years old at the time when he revealed to his fans that he had been living with the disease for four years but had decided to keep his initial diagnosis in 2016 private.
An Alzheimer’s diagnosis usually means that a person’s speech is affected as they suffer through memory loss. Bennett’s symptoms luckily were mild,
Bennett, who was 94 at the time, and his family revealed that he had been living with Alzheimer’s Disease for four years but had taken the decision to keep it under wraps since his initial diagnosis in 2016. In February 2021, he tweeted, “Life is a gift – even with Alzheimer’s.”
Bennett thanked his wife Susan Benedetto for being his caretaker after his diagnosis. He met Benedetto when he was in his 60s, and she was in her 20s. The couple married two decades later.
Susan was a big fan of Bennett’s music because of her mother who loved the late singer’s soulful voice as well. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Bennett’s wife decided to go without their assistant which made the singer even more dependent on his wife for his care.
She tried to limit the number of people who came in contact with Bennett in order to minimize the risk of him catching the virus.
The singer’s death was heartbreaking for anyone and everyone who loved his music. We will always love and miss you, Tony Bennett. Share this with other fans of his work so they can also learn more about his last few years on earth.