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Disney composer Robert Sherman dies at 86

(Xinhuanet.com)

14:02, March 07, 2012

BEIJING, March 7 (Xinhuanet) -- Robert Sherman, one of the best-known composers of Disneyland Resort, died in London at age 86, according to media reports Wednesday.

Robert Sherman and his brother Richard Sherman composed music for classic Walt Disney films including "Mary poppins", "The Jungle Book", "The Aristocats", "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", and they also co-wrote some of Disneyland park's best-known tunes: "It's a Small World" and "The Tiki Tiki Tiki Room".

Stella Richards, Sherman’s agent, said on Tuesday that Sherman died peacefully on Monday. Jeffrey Sherman wrote on Facebook that his father "wanted to bring happiness to the world and, unquestionably, he succeeded".

"Forever his songs and his genius will bring hope, joy and love to this small, small world," he added.

"One of the world's greatest songwriters and a true Disney legend, his legacy will endure forever through the magic of his music," Robert Iger, president and CEO of the Walt Disney said in a statement on Tuesday mourning the loss.

The Sherman brothers' career is long, prolific and garlanded with awards. They wrote over 150 songs at Disney and received many awards including 23 gold and platinum albums and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

They are also the only Americans to win First Prize at the Moscow Film Festival for "Tom Sawyer" in 1973. In 2008, the brothers were honored with the National Medal of Arts.

President George W. Bush praised their music "has helped bring joy to millions". It is reported that a public funeral service will be held at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary in Culver City, California on Friday.

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