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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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31.

nof    

Hard to know even one person not touched by this Legend and Giant -


Profound effect on the World -


Plus a beautiful, generous and kind human being to boot.


I'm sure it's a dark day for both Redford and Streisand -


But for all of us.

692 days ago
32.

Lee    

He certainly developed a triple chin later in life.

692 days ago
33.

Rob    

You are s*** to dishoner the dead with the sad details that should be kept private. S***
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But this is how you paparazzi live... S***

692 days ago
34.

MissClarity    

He was a great composer and writer. Are they all gone now? He left us with a wealth of timeless wonderful music. I can hear his keyboards from heaven. Thank you for all you gave us. xxxooo

692 days ago
35.

Truth    

DAYUMMM!!! APPEARS EVERYONE EVER CONNECTED TO WHITNEY HOUSTON SINCE HER DEATH HAVE BEEN DROPPING LIKE FLIES. #TRUTH!!

692 days ago
36.

South Beach    

Thank you for all the wonderful music and memories. RIP.

692 days ago
37.

Pamela    

Why must we hear every detail about famous people's deaths? There's no scandal here leave the poor man alone.

692 days ago
38.

Kim.berly    

He had an EGOT!!

Emmy
Grammy
Oscar
Tony

Ya know, from 30 Rock. Anybody? Nobody? No?

691 days ago
39.

Maria    

What a beautiful human being. God Bless You. Rest in peace Marvin.. May God comfort his family on the loss of this great man.We were truly blessed to have him in Pittsburgh for the last 18 years.

691 days ago
40.

Sloane    

sad
such a creative man
whose beautiful compositoins will live on
reminding us
the world lost someone special
and we were lucky to livei n his time

691 days ago
41.

so sad    

He was in the Hospital in NY in July, so he wasn't feeling good then.

691 days ago
42.

UpsideDownTire    

And why exactly did they put "American Composer" as his usual occupation instead of just "Composer"? He certainly was not a Russian, Japanese, or Italian Composer. For crying out loud, his birthplace is New York, and he is/was an American. So what gives?

691 days ago
43.

LuisMiFan    

He is now in spirit, free from the cares and suffering of this world. Now he is playing beautiful music in the spirit world, maybe doing a duet with Whitney.

691 days ago
44.

MelodysDream    

A Spectactular Broadway Show, Televsion Special, Concert....Something Sung By Sreeisand, & all vocalists Singing his Music..."In A Memory Lane To A Prodigy". What a Hit, What A Gift to Share with all the World". %His Music Touch Our Souls!

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