Legendary singer Tony Bennett made a rare appearance in Central Park on Thursday, where he was first spotted in a wheelchair alongside his wife Susan Benedetto.
The 95-year-old “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” crooner, who has publicly battled Alzheimer’s disease since 2016, appeared relaxed and in good spirits wearing a blue tracksuit and was escorted by a helper around some of the many parks horses and carriages.
The Queens-born entertainer, who has lived in a sun-drenched penthouse apartment overlooking Central Park for 25 years, is no stranger to paradise and was spotted wheelchair-less with Benedetto, 55, on Easter Sunday in April taking selfies with fans – who also recognized the star with a face mask.
On Wednesday, the “Stranger in Paradise” singer proudly expressed his support for Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, smiling next to Benedetto in a purple plaid shirt and holding up a sign that reads #EndAlz in a post shared with his 170,000 fans on twitter.
“Susan and I are going purple with the @alzaassociation to raise awareness of a disease that is affecting our family and many of you. We hope you will join us and #GoPurple,” the musician shared.
Bennett retired from live performances in 2021 and canceled rescheduled shows that were delayed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. He walked out on a high note, closing the curtain on a seven-decade career with a string of performances alongside pop icon Lady Gaga. The duo performed their emotional last show together — billed as “One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga” — at Radio City Music Hall last August, with hits like “I Get a Kick Out of You.”
“It was a tough decision for us as he is a capable performer. However, one that was made on the orders of doctors,” his son Danny Bennett told Variety last August of his father’s last live show.
Bennett was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the disease that causes progressive memory loss and reduced mental function, in 2016. It wasn’t until 2018, however, that his family realized his battle with the mind-numbing illness was causing his health to deteriorate ‘re the Top” — starring Lady Gaga over a two-year period, AARP reported.
A rep for Bennett did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.