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Composer Marvin Hamlisch

Died From Lung Failure

8/17/2012 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0817_marvin_hamlisch_death_certificateLegendary Hollywood composer Marvin Hamlisch -- one of the few people in the world to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award -- suffered from brain damage in the weeks before his death but ultimately succumbed to lung failure, this according to his death certificate.

TMZ obtained the document, filed in L.A., which shows Hamlisch died on August 6th primarily from respiratory arrest (lung failure) ... caused by a combination of anoxic brain encephalopathy (failure of oxygen to reach the brain) and hypertension (high blood pressure).

The document shows Hamlisch suffered from A.B.E. in the weeks before his death, though it's unclear if he was aware of the condition or exhibiting symptoms.

Hamlisch won 2 Academy Awards for composing the music for "The Way We Were" and one Oscar for "The Sting."  He also worked on music for "Sophie's Choice," "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "A Chorus Line."

He was 68.

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anon.    

RIP

763 days ago
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MrHarrybawls2010    

Why couldn't it have been Bruce Jenner?

763 days ago
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IceGypsy    

Ahh had no Idea he had passed on. :( We have lost too many greats this year. RIP Mr Hamlisch,

763 days ago
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Cheryl A.    

WOW. To have failure to oxygenate the brain has to make you feel "strange" at the very least. That's kind of like a stroke.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Marvin.

763 days ago
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gutsygirl    

Such an accomplished and good man. May his soul rest in peace.

763 days ago
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Lulubelle    

He was a super talented man. Cracks me up that in Babs Streisand's statement following his death she said she was trying to reach him the 'very night before' about recording an old song of his and what a dear, sweet friend he was, blah, blah, blah. Apparently she didn't even know he was sick. RIP Marvin Hamlisch.

763 days ago
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k    

He was a very nice man, a very talented man and a person who shared his gifts and love of music with everyone. Could you ask for a better person?

763 days ago
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tucker    

Talented man, rest in peace ...

763 days ago
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deleta    

Sounds kind of like sleep apnea.

763 days ago
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Canadasux    

How does that happen to someone without there being an external cause? Can you find that out TMZ? That should've been part of this story, or maybe for a second story posted here.

763 days ago
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Raejean    

He surely didn't look well. I'm sorry he's gone. Hadn't seen him perform on TV in years, but he seemed to be a genuinely nice, unpretentious, funny man.

763 days ago
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763 days ago
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bon    

We saw him at the Holiday Pops in 2011 and he seemed like a very nice man with a comedic side to him. He was truly a gifted and talented man who gave us wonderful music to remember him by. Thank you, Marvin. Rest in peace

763 days ago
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Majestik    

I hope this wasn't LAme's gent. If it was, my heart goes out to you if you are here reading. Condolences to family and friends with the passing of a Great Man. Heaven will be full of incredible music now. R.I.P. and thank you, for sharing your talent with the world.

763 days ago
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Honeys Booboo    

This guy got a dollar every time I had to listen to
Barbara Streisand sing "The Way We Were" ?
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You're slow, Karma, but thank you for this...

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