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Crooner Perry Como remembered as a man of faith

Singer Perry Como, who died at the weekend at his home in Florida six days short of his 89th birthday, was known as a man with deep religious faith.

"Everything that ever happened to me has been the result of faith -- the faith I found in my father's house, and now find in my own house, and in my world," he was quoted as saying in a 1979 interview in St Anthony Messenger, a monthly Catholic magazine.

Como, whose singing career dates back to the Great Depression, recorded many hits, but his recordings of Ave Maria and The Lord's Prayer are seen by many as the definitive renditions of those hymns. His daughter, Terri Thibadeau, said Como had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for about two years.