Steve Lawrence Reveals Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

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Steve and Eydie, in an undated photo from their website

Singer Steve Lawrence, who with his wife, Eydie Gormé, formed a popular singing duo for decades, revealed on Tuesday (June 11) that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

It’s in the early stages and the 83-year-old performer noted in a statement: “As I continue this journey, I ask for your prayers, your good wishes and implore you to find the joy every day, because what I feel is gratitude, love and hope — nothing more and nothing less, and I hope you can find the same.”

As a 27-year-old, Lawrence scored a #1 pop hit in 1963 with a cover of “Go Away Little Girl.”

He married Gorme in 1957 when he was just 22. (She was 28.) Gormé died in 2013 at age 84.

As a duo billed as “Steve and Eydie,” the couple were ubiquitous on television, as Las Vegas entertainers, and even performed on Broadway in a musical called Golden Rainbow.

In his June 11 statement, Lawrence wrote: “I am being treated with medications under the supervision of some of the finest doctors in the field. Fortunately, they have managed to slow down this horrific process. I’m living my life, going out in public and trying to spend as much time as possible with my family and friends while I am still able to engage and enjoy.

“I want my beloved fans to know that in spite of this bittersweet moment, what I don’t want is pity or sympathy — I have lived and am living a wonderful, joyous life filled with love, support, and amazing moments. With my beloved Eydie, I had one of the great loves of all time; my career has always been there for me as a source of joy and fulfillment; and you, my fans, have shown immeasurable love and support in ways I only could have imagined.”

Lawrence was born Sidney Liebowitz on July 8, 1935. Gormé, was born Edith Gormezano on August 16, 1928.

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