Hal David

Hal David

Oscar-winning lyricist Hal David has died in Los Angeles, aged 91.

The 91-year-old songwriter passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Saturday (01Sep12) of complications from a stroke.

David and his writing partner Burt Bacharach composed tracks that were recorded by legendary artists including The Beatles, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond.

The duo scooped an Academy Award for Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and hauled Grammy and Tony trophies for classics including I'll Never Fall in Love Again, That's What Friends Are For and Close To You.

A host of famous faces have taken to Twitter.com to pay tribute to the legend, with Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth writing, "RIP Hal David. It was an honor singing your lyrics on broadway and in concert. Heartbroken," while pop star Boy George offers, "Another music great Hal David has died! R.I.P. Amazing talent!"

Simply Red's Mick Hucknall adds, "RIP Hal David. Superb American lyricist. Teamed with Burt Bacharach he composed some of THE greatest ever songs. A shining star," and actor Sean Hayes tweets, "So sad 2 (to) hear about Hal David's passing. I feel so lucky to have been able 2 (to) perform his songs in (a Broadway show)".