Celebrated Cabaret Singer Bobby Short Dies of Leukemia

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A spokeswoman says the cabaret singer died of leukemia at New York Presbyterian Hospital Monday. He was 80.

Short was a fixture at his piano in New York's Carlyle Hotel for more than 35 years. The three-time Grammy nominee remained irrevocably devoted to the "great American songbook," including songs by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and the Gershwins.

He also appeared in the movies "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Splash," along with the television miniseries "Roots" and the program "In The Heat of the Night."