R.I.P Robert Sherman: Disney Songwriter Dies at 86

  on March 06 2012 5:45 AM

Robert Sherman, American songwriter who specialized in musical films with his brother Richard Morton Sherman, died in London Monday. He was 86.

Sherman's son Jeff Sherman late Monday announced the death of the 86-year-old on his Facebook page. However, the cause of his death was not known.

Hello to family and friends,

I have very sad news to convey.

My Dad, Robert B. Sherman, passed away tonight in London. He went peacefully after months of truly valiantly fending off death. He loved life and his dear heart finally slowed to a stop when he could fight no more.

I will write more about this incredible man I love and admire so much when I am better rested and composed. He deserves that.

In the meantime, please say a prayer for him. As he said, he wanted to bring happiness to the world and, unquestionably, he succeeded. His love and his prayers, his philosophy and his poetry will live on forever. Forever his songs and his genius will bring hope, joy and love to this small, small world.

I love you, Dad.

Safe travels.

Love,

Jeff

Sherman was born in New York Dec. 19, 1925. As a child, he learned to play violin and piano, and he used to write poems. When he was in high school, Sherman started writing and producing radio and stage programs.

At the age of the 16, he wrote Armistice and Dedication Day, a stage play focused on contemporary 1940s' Americans that showed how their lives were changed following the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Sherman and his brother Richard Sherman, together known as The Sherman Brothers, received the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1976.

Sherman earned nine Oscars nominations and four Grammy nominations. He won two Grammys.

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