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Sandra Grant and Tony Bennett | Tony Bennett's New York City Art Studio | Source: Instagram/itstonybennett
Sandra Grant and Tony Bennett | Tony Bennett's New York City Art Studio | Source: Instagram/itstonybennett

Tony Bennett Could Still Recognize Wife & Kids before His Death — His Last Days in New York Apartment

Taitirwa Sehliselwe Murape
Jul 21, 2023
02:15 P.M.

Tony Bennett lived in New York City for a large portion of his life and used to call a deluxe condo in northern Manhattan his home. Through his social media snaps, you can get glimpses of what used to be his splendid house.

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Iconic and world-renowned musician Tony Bennett passed away at age 96 after an incredibly successful seven-decade career in the entertainment industry. The "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" maestro was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2016.

He spent his last few days in his beloved home in New York, which was home to his artistic sanctuary, aka, his art studio, and the place where he conducted one of his last interviews. The beloved icon had the great care and support of his family, and especially his wife, Sandra Grant Bennett, who became his primary caregiver after his diagnosis.

Tony Bennett with his wife Sandra Grant Bennett and their family at his 90th birthday celebration in New York City, 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Tony Bennett with his wife Sandra Grant Bennett and their family at his 90th birthday celebration in New York City, 2016 | Source: Getty Images

Before he passed, amid his battle with Alzheimer's, Susan revealed that the musician had no idea that he had the disease. Of her husband's condition, she disclosed:

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"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."

Tony, and Sandra Grant Bennett at the "Exploring the Arts" 20th anniversary Gala in New York City, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

Tony, and Sandra Grant Bennett at the "Exploring the Arts" 20th anniversary Gala in New York City, 2019 | Source: Getty Images

It was the sensation of physically still feeling well despite his illness and his passion for singing that fueled the singer's tenacity and endurance to keep performing where he could. He then went on to record an album and perform with Lady Gaga amid occasionally struggling with the words. The star managed to maintain a positive outlook in spite of his ailment, which he never let hold him back:

"Life is a gift, even with Alzheimer's. Thank you to Susan and my family for their support, and @AARP The Magazine for telling my story."

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Tony, Antonia, and Danny Bennett at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills, 2002 | Source: Getty Images

Tony, Antonia, and Danny Bennett at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills, 2002 | Source: Getty Images

The "treasure's" apartment he spent his last days in is situated on the 15th floor of a high-rise building overlooking Central Park. The living space consists of three bedrooms, a large kitchen - which Bennett enjoyed cooking in - entertainment rooms, a home office, bathrooms, and more.

The walls are lined with giant windows, which allow natural light to stream into the apartment and light it up. The windows also enabled the late singer-songwriter to view the park and the city skyline as he used to paint from his converted art studio.

Tony Bennet performed for the Carousel of Hope Ball in October, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images.

Tony Bennet performed for the Carousel of Hope Ball in October, 2020. | Photo: Getty Images.

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The studio, converted from a bedroom, served as the Grammy Award winner's sanctuary. Sketches cover the walls surrounding a heap of paintbrushes and tubes of paint scattered across a table.

The Emmy winner shared with the New York Times in 2015 his passion for painting, as evidenced by the large easel that's positioned next to one of the windows, which gave him a view of the iconic Central Park, he added:

"Instead of buildings, you have nature here. There's nothing more powerful than that."

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After painting came his love for cooking. The "I Left My Heart In San Francisco' singer would often share moments of himself at the stove on Instagram, inside his large kitchen with soft yellow walls, oak cabinets, and a large dining table.

The living area consists of panel wood floors, large white couches, and a floor-to-wall mirror. The grandness doesn't stop there, as a gorgeous black grand piano occupies the center of the room where Bennett would play to his heart's content.

Bennett thanked his wife, Susan Crow, as one of his support systems when he Tweeted his Alzheimer's diagnosis.

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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.

Although sufferers of this ailment are left debilitated through memory loss, affected speech, and depending on caregivers, Bennett had been spared most of these symptoms. He announced his diagnosis on February 1, tweeting:

"Life is a gift - even with Alzheimer’s."

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Bennett thanked his wife, Susan Crow, as one of his support systems when he Tweeted his Alzheimer's diagnosis. The couple met when Crow was in her 20s and Bennett in his 60s but only tied the knot 20 years later.

Crow fell in love with Bennett's music when she was just a teenager, on account of her mother, Marion, being a huge fan of the late crooner's music herself.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit in March 2020, Crow decided to release their assistant, which made Bennett more dependent on her to see to his day-to-day needs.

Prior to his passing, she decided to minimize the number of people coming into contact with Bennett to reduce the risk of contracting the virus. Even though it got tough, Crow considered her family luckier than most, who have dealt with the illness.

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