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Perry Como (aged 88)
American singer, actor, television personality
Pierino Ronald “Perry” Como (May 18, 1912 – May 12, 2001) was an American singer, actor and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century he recorded exclusively for RCA Victor for 44 years, after signing with the label in 1943. “Mr. C.”, as he was nicknamed, sold millions of records and pioneered a weekly musical variety television show. His weekly television shows and seasonal specials were broadcast throughout the world. In the official RCA Records Billboard magazinememorial, his life was summed up in these few words: “50 years of music and a life well lived. An example to all.”
DEATH: Como died in his sleep on May 12, 2001, at his home in Jupiter Inlet Colony, Florida, six days before his 89th birthday He was reported to have suffered from symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Como’s older son, Ronnie, and his daughter, Terri, could not agree on their interpretations of Como’s 1999 living will and it became a matter for the courts in the year before his death. His funeral Mass took place at St. Edward’s Catholic Church in Palm Beach, Florida. Como and his wife, Roselle are buried at Riverside Memorial Park, Tequesta, Palm Beach County, Florida.