Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim passed away on Friday, according to The Daily Caller. The legendary Broadway mainstay was 91 at the time of his death.
Information about his death was released by his attorney and friend Richard F. Pappas, who said that Sondheim spent his last full day celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with friends.
The Broadway composer reportedly showed no signs of illness on Thursday, Pappas told The New York Times, but he passed away early the following morning at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut and his cause of death is unknown at this time.
Included in his contributions to Broadway were the lyrics and/or music to iconic productions including West Side Story, Gypsy, A Little Night Music, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reported.
Sondheim was described by some in the industry as “the greatest musical theater artist of the last 60 years,” and someone who as known to be a trailblazer who “carved an unprecedented path” by others.
“The theater has lost one of its greatest geniuses and the world has lost one of its greatest and most original writers. Sadly, there is now a giant in the sky,” producer Cameron Mackintosh wrote in tribute to Sondheim, according to The Associated Press.
“Thank the Lord that Sondheim lived to be 91 years old so he had the time to write such wonderful music and GREAT lyrics!,” actress and singer Barbara Streisand wrote in a tweet, adding, “May he Rest In Peace.”
The writer was known for taking on unusual projects that reportedly helped to “reshape American musical theatre” and his colleagues say he will have a legacy in the industry for a very long time.