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Film Composer Marvin Hamlisch Dead at 68

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Marvin Hamlisch, an Academy Award, Tony and Grammy award-winning film and stage composer, died Monday in Los Angeles after collapsing from an undisclosed illness, announced his family.

According to PEOPLE, no further information has been revealed about Hamlisch’s death at the age of 68.

During his career, Hamlisch composed more than 40 movie scores, of which ‘The Way We Were,’ ‘The Sting’ and ‘Sophie’s Choice’ are arguably his most famous works. Throughout his life, he earned a total of three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, three Golden Globes, one Tony and one Pulitzer.

The man known as “the people’s composer” also shined on Broadway, composing the music for ‘A Chorus Line,’ (which got him that Pulitzer) ‘They’re Playing Our Song’ and ‘The Goodbye Girl’ among others. Hamlisch was scheduled to hit up Nashville this week to see his musical ‘The Nutty Professor’ in action, and was simultaneously working on developing the musical ‘Gotta Dance.’

In addition to being the principal conductor for the Pittsburgh, Dallas, Milwaukee, Pasadena, Seattle and San Diego symphony orchestras, he was also set to acquire the same title in Philadelphia and was slated to lead the New York Philharmonic’s concert on New Year’s.

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