AceShowbiz - Mariah Carey believes Tony Bennett is one of the most "beloved" and "respected" singers of the last century. The legendary star died on Friday, July 21, aged 96, and Mariah has taken to social media to heap praise on the award-winning singer.
Alongside two throwback photos, Mariah wrote on Instagram, "Rest in Peace Tony Bennett. It was such an honor to work with one of the world's most beloved, respected and legendary singers of the past century. We will miss you [heart emoji] (sic)"
Mariah recorded a duet with Tony Bennett back in 2011 for his "Duets II" album. Elsewhere, Michael Buble has also taken to social media to praise the legendary crooner. The singer acknowledged that Bennett played an important role in his own success.
Michael, 47, wrote on Instagram, "Tony Bennett is one of the greatest vocalists, storytellers and interpreters of all time. To say he was an important part of who I became is an understatement. My grandpa was constantly playing Tony Bennett records when I was growing up, and it was the honor of a lifetime to learn from him. Having my hero take me under his wing was one of the greatest moments of my life and my career. How did I get so lucky to kneel at the feet of the master for 2 decades? Tony, I'll never stop learning from you, and I promise you I'll do my best to keep the music we cherish alive. Rest in peace. (sic)"
Bennett's death was announced on his Twitter account. A statement read, "Tony left us today but he was still singing the other day at his piano and his last song was Because of You, his first #1 hit. "Tony, because of you we have your songs in our heart forever."