US singer Vic Damone dies at age 89

American singer and actor Vic Damone (file), whose heyday was the 1940s to 1960s, has died aged 89.
American singer and actor Vic Damone (file), whose heyday was the 1940s to 1960s, has died aged 89.

US singer Vic Damone, a crooner who found fame in the 1940s and 50s, has died at the age of 89, his family says.

Damone, known for hits like I Have But One Heart and You Do, died in Miami Beach, Florida on Sunday surrounded by relatives, his family said in a statement on Monday.

Damone appeared in television shows and movies in the 60s and also had hits with An Affair to Remember and On the Street Where You Live.

New York-born Damone was the son of an Italian-American electrician and was inspired to launch a singing career by Frank Sinatra, with whom he later became friends.

Damone was also a personal friend of US President Donald Trump, the family said.

In 1962, he hosted his own television variety show The Vic Damone Show on NBC, after appearing in movie musicals Hit the Deck and Kismet in the 50s.

In 1971, Damone began performing in Las Vegas casinos, and in 1972 he was offered the role of singer Johnny Fontane in The Godfather movie but turned it down. The role ultimately went to Al Martino.

Damone released his final album in 2002 and gave his final public performance in 2011 at the age of 82, when he sang to a sold-out crowd in Palm Beach, Florida.

His autobiography, Singing Was the Easy Part, was released in 2009.

Dame was married five times and is survived by his six grandchildren.

He died at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach from what is thought to be complications from respiratory failure.

Australian Associated Press