Stephen Sondheim, the famous Broadway composer and poet, has died at the age of 91. The New York Times reported this on the basis of a statement from Sondheim’s attorney and friend F. Richard Pappas.
According to Pappas, Sondheim (born March 22, 1930 in New York) died suddenly this morning at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut. The day before, he celebrated Thanksgiving with his family.
Sondheim – a pupil of the famous composer Oscar Hammerstein – himself became one of the most famous composers on Broadway. He was also one of the few who often wrote lyrics and music for musicals.
Popular musicals that Sundem has composed include “A Little Night Music”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Sunday in the Park with George” and “Into the Woods”. He wrote lyrics for “West Side Story” and “Gypsy”.
Over the course of his career, Sondheim has won eight Grammy Awards (music awards), nine Tony Awards (theatrical awards), an Oscar and a Pulitzer. In 2015, then-US President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States.
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