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Stephen Sondheim: American composer and lyricist dies aged 91

Legendary American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim has died at the age of 91.

His lawyer told the New York Times that Sondheim passed away on Friday at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut.

He was a titan of musical theatre who turned the unlikeliest of subjects into entertainment landmarks.

During his illustrious career, he wrote the scores of some of Broadway’s best known shows including Company, Follies and A Little Night Music. Sondheim also wrote the lyrics for West Side Story.

The New-York born composer won eight Grammy awards, nine Tony awards – including the special Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre – and one Academy Award. He also received a Pulitzer Prize.

In 2015, US President Barack Obama bestowed Sondheim the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work.

Sondheim’s lawyer said the composer had celebrated Thanksgiving with friends a day before his death.