LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Autumn Leaves” and “Born Free” pianist Roger Williams is battling pancreatic cancer.

The 86-year-old entertainer known as the “Pianist to the Presidents” because of his many presidential performances writes in an email message to friends that he started chemotherapy last week.

He says doctors told him the tumor cannot be removed because of its size. When chemotherapy shrinks the tumor to an operable size, Williams says surgeons will remove it.

Williams says he’s not canceling any upcoming concerts. He performed Sunday at Del Webb’s Sun City retirement resort in Palm Desert, and his personal assistant says the concert was sensational.

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Comments (2)
  1. icecream says:

    I pray for God’s strength to empower you and His peace to calm you. I wish you all the best as you battle, conquer and recover from this disease.

  2. Kathy Vickery says:

    May God bless you and embrace you in His loving arms until this battle is over. You have given the world the most beautiful sound of music I’ve ever heard. Thank you for this.
    My prayers are with you.
    Kathy Vickery

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