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Marvin Hamlisch, composer of famous movies, dies

The 68-year-old who lived in Los Angeles composed the scores for dozens of movies including "The Sting" and "A Chorus Line".

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The composer attends a Society of Composers & Lyricists/ASCAP Q&A prior to a screening of "The Informant!" at the Linwood Dunn Theater on November 18, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (David Livingston/AFP/Getty Images)

Hollywood has lost one of its musical legends after the death of award-winning composer, Marvin Hamlisch.

USA Today reported that family spokesman Jason Lee said Hamlisch died on Monday after a brief illness.

Hamlisch's career included composing, conducting and arranging music from Broadway to Hollywood. He won three Academy Awards, four Emmys and a Tony.

On Broadway, Hamlisch received the Pulitzer Prize for long-running favorite "The Chorus Line" and wrote "The Goodbye Girl" and "Sweet Smell of Success." 

"What a loss. What a talent. What contributions... #rip" tweeted Debra Messing.

The Los Angeles Times reported Hamlisch composed more than 40 film scores, including "Sophie's Choice," "Ordinary People" and "Take the Money and Run."

He won his third Oscar for his adaptation of Scott Joplin's music for "The Sting."

A news release from his publicist said he was scheduled to fly to Nashville, Tenn., this week to see a production of his hit musical, "The Nutty Professor."
 

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