Academy Award-winning composer and Pasadena Symphony and POPS conductor Marvin Hamlisch died Monday. He was 68 years old.
Family spokesman Jason Lee told the Associated Press the A Chorus Line composer's death followed a brief illness, but did not elaborate.
Meanwhile, the Pasadena Symphony and POPS Association struggled to cope with the news of Hamlisch's death Tuesday morning.
"We're all deeply, deeply saddened by the loss," Spokesman Ivan Schustak said, adding that Hamlisch's death was a loss not just for the POPS, but "the entire entertainment community."
Symphony and POPS President Melinda Shea called Hamlisch's death "unexpected." In fact, last month he signed on for three more years with the organization.
"He'd pulled a back muscle recently, but there was nothing serious. He had some really wonderful new endeavors," Shea told The Los Angeles Times. "It's just such a tragedy that this has happened, when he was still so young."
Hamlisch took home Oscars for both The Sting and The Way We Were in 1974. A year later, he took Broadway by storm and scored a Tony Award for his ground-breaking musical A Chorus Line.
All told, Hamlisch racked up three Academy Awards, four Emmys, a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony over the course of his illustrious career.
He thrilled Arcadia audiences with the POPS' at the .
Despite Hamlisch's death, the POPS will perform Saturday at the Arboretum as scheduled.
"We have absolutely no plans to cancel any shows," Schustak said. "The show must go on."
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