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FILE - In this May 30,1998 file photo, singer Steve Lawrence and his Eydie Gorme arrive at the black-tie gala called "Thanks Frank" honoring Frank Sinatra in Las Vegas. Lawrence has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer’s Disease. In a letter sent by his spokesman Howard Bragman on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, Lawrence confirmed the diagnosis. The 83-year-old performer is known for solo hits including the ballad “Go Away Little Girl†and as one half of the 1960s pop duo Steve and Eydie alongside his wife, Eydie Gorme who died in 2013.

Crooner Lawrence says he has Alzheimer's disease

LOS ANGELES -- Singer Steve Lawrence revealed Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

In a letter sent by his spokesman, Howard Bragman, Lawrence confirmed the diagnosis, saying that he felt he needed to speak out in light of recent rumors andmedia inquiries.

"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," he wrote.

Lawrence said he doesn't want pity or sympathy in response to his diagnosis.

"I have lived and am living a wonderful, joyous life filled with love, support and amazing moments," he said.

The 83-year-old crooner is known for solo hits including the ballad "Go Away Little Girl" and as one half of the 1960s pop duo Steve and Eydie alongside his wife, Eydie Gorme, who died in 2013.

Lawrence and Gorme helped keep alive the legacy of the American Broadway songbook at a time when rock became dominant. They were known for their frequent appearances on TV variety and talk shows, in night clubs and on the stages of Las Vegas.

People magazine first reported the news of Lawrence's diagnosis.

Ex-Five Finger Death Punch drummer becomes police officer

ROCKPORT, Ind. -- The former drummer of the heavy metal band Five Finger Death Punch has a new gig, as a southern Indiana police officer.

Jeremy Spencer was sworn in Sunday with the Rockport Police Department. He grew up near that Ohio River community in the city of Boonville, which he left at 19.

Spencer joined Five Finger Death Punch in 2005. He was the band's drummer until late 2018.

He told WFIE-TV he's always admired police officers' work, saying, "You just see the impact they have on everyone's life. It's so important."

Spencer's police duties are part-time. He's splitting his time between Rockport and Las Vegas. He says he hasn't retired from the music business.

Loudwire, an online magazine that covers hard rock and heavy metal music, voted him "Best Drummer of 2015."

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