American singer and television presenter Andy Williams lost his battle to bladder cancer on September 25, 2012 at the age of 84. He is survived by his wife Debbie Meyer Williams and his children Noelle, Christian, and Robert Williams.
Mr. Andy Williams born on December 3, 1927 in Iowa began his solo career when he was 26 with RCA and later with Cadence Records and ultimately Columbia. His most memorable songs include Moon River, Can’t Get Used to Losing You, Happy Heart, and who can’t forget It’s the Most wonderful Time Of The Year, the famous Christmas son written in 1963 by Edward Pola and George Wyle and released in Andy’s first Christmas album. He won 3 platinum and 17 Gold records and hosted NBC’s The Andy Williams Show for 9 years.
He was diagnosed with bladder cancer last November, doctors told him there was nothing they could do for him in July, his sadden family reunited to spend the final months with him. He passed away Tuesday night at his Branson Home in Missouri.
Mr. Williams got married twice, first time down the aisle was on December 15, 1961 with French dancer 70-year-old Claudine Longet who was dancing with the Folies Bergère. Andy and Claudine had three children together his daughter 48-year-old Noelle and sons 47-year-old Christian and 42-year-old Bobby. They couple divorced in 1975.
Claudine 35 at the time later dated 30-year-old Olympic skier Vladimir “Spider” Sabich who she shot on March 21, 1976, at her trial she said the gun accidentally discharged when he was showing her who to used it, although there were several errors in her trial (cocaine in her blood, Sabich was bending over and 6 feet away from her when he was shot, from that distance it would have been hard to show her who a gun worked) she was convicted of a lesser charge and served only 30 days in jail and paid a small fine. She is now married to Ron Austin, her attorney who defended her during her trial.
Meanwhile Andy Williams was falling in love again, mutual friends introduced him to 58-year-old Debbie Meyer, the woman who became his second wife on May 3, 1991.
Deborah Marie Haas Williams was born on May 16, 1954 to 81-year-old Raymond Hass from Wilmington, NC. Debbie also known as Debbie Meyer and Deborah A. Williams and her beloved husband lived at their 2500 Country Blvd home in Branson, MO.