Marvin Hamlisch, who composed the music for "A Chorus Line", "The Way We Were" and "The Sting", has died at the age of 68.
The Los Angeles Times reports Hamlisch collapsed and died after a brief illness, surprising many of his friends and associates.
Melinda Shea, President of the Pasadena Symphony and Pops tells the LA Times he had just signed a 3 year deal to conduct the Symphony beginning in September and she wasn't aware of any health problems."He'd pulled a back muscle recently, but there was nothing serious. He had some really wonderful new endeavors." "It's just such a tragedy that this has happened, when he was still so young."
He was also scheduled to conduct the New York Philharmonic on New's Year Eve, had been working on a movie about Liberace and next week was to be announced as the principal pops conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.
The Washington Post reports Hamlisch had composed, arranged music and conducted everything from symphonies to R&B hits. He won every major award, including three Academy Awards, four Emmys, four Grammys, a Tony and three Golden Globes. Hamlisch composed film scores for more than 40 movies and his latest work was for Steven Soderbergh’s “The Informant!” The Washington Post says he was expected to fly to Nashville this week to see a production of his musical, "The Nutty Professor."
Marvin Hamlisch is survived by his wife of 25 years,Terre. The couple lived in New York.