Singer Andy Williams, known for his classic songs such as "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" and "Moon River," has bladder cancer. The 83-year-old singer announced the news during his "2011 Andy Williams Christmas Show" concert over the weekend at his Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri.
"I do have cancer of the bladder," Williams revealed to the live audience. "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 missed performances this fall for a medical condition -- however, it is unknown whether he was undergoing treatment at that time. One source said that he sought treatment in late October for "invasive bladder cancer" and that he may have to have his bladder removed after chemotherapy.
The singer, who has performed on Christmas specials for many years, will most likely not be able to perform his holiday schedules, theater representatives said. This is sad news for fans who looked forward to Williams ushering in the holidays with his hit songs, including "The Christmas Song" (also known as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire") and "White Christmas."
Williams said he plans on performing again in 2012. "I really have missed this awful lot," he told the crowd, as this was his first time back on stage in several weeks. Prior to this break, he regularly performed in Branson two shows a day, six days a week and for nine months out of the year.