Reality of Legendary Composer Burt Bacharach’s Cause of Death
The Oscar winner sadly passed away at home on Wednesday (February 8, 2023). Burt Bacharach’s cause of death at the age of 94 was disclosed by his publicist Tina Brausam.
Burt Freeman Bacharach was born on May 12, 1928, in Kansas City, Missouri. He began playing piano at his mother’s insistence.
When Burt was a teen living in Queens, New York, where he had access to the nightclubs where jazz greats Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie performed.
Bacharach had top 10 hits since the 1950s including songs like “I Say a Little Prayer,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “Alfie,” and “This Guy’s in Love with You” as well as “Walk on By,” recorded by Dionne Warwick.
Despite a career spanning 50 years, Bacharach said in 2021: “I’ve had a lot of turn-downs in my life you know, I really have.”
He continued: “You don’t win everything. Not even close to every time and I’m very accepting of things that don’t always work out.”
Bacharach scored eight Grammys and three Academy Awards over the course of his career and was a prize-winning Broadway composer for “Promises, Promises.”
The star won his first Oscar in 1970 for the score of “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and for “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.”
In 1982, his second win came when he and Carole Bayer Sager won for “Best That You Can Do,” the theme from “Arthur.” Bacharach did movie soundtracks including “Alfie,” “What’s New, Pussycat?” and the 1967 James Bond spoof “Casino Royale.”
In 1999, he made a cameo in the film “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” playing piano on top of a bus alongside Vanessa Williams and Mike Myers to his famous tune, “What the World Needs Now.”
The legendary composer appeared in the 2nd film alongside Elvis Costello, bringing his music to a new generation. “I never saw it coming,” Burt said. “Mike and [director] Jay [Roach] had me over and said, ‘We’re bringing you to Las Vegas and you’ll stay one night and we’ll do this one thing.’ And lo and behold Austin Powers became a huge hit.”
“It certainly tapped me into all of the 7-year-olds in this country,” Bacharach added.
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Burt Bacharach’s Cause of Death is Natural Causes
Talented composer for Dionne Warwick, Tom Jones, and Aretha Franklin died at his home in Los Angeles, California. Burt Bacharach’s cause of death was recognized as natural causes.
Bacharach’s songs have been recorded by over 1,000 different singers and many of his hits were written for and performed by Warwick.
Other artists Bacharach collaborated with included Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Gene Pitney, Tom Jones, Herb Alpert, Jackie DeShannon, Bobbie Gentry, BJ Thomas, and the Carpenters.
He began his career as a songwriter in the 1950s and became known as a Hollywood icon Marlene Dietrich‘s pianist, which shot him to fame.
“She did not have a great voice. She didn’t have a good voice but there was that stage presence and that always worked. We played in Russia, we played in Israel, I got to see the world,” he said.
He and his collaborator and lyricist partner Hal David, who passed away in 2012, first teamed up in 1957.
In 1961, Bacharach and David met Dionne Warwick and she had 39 of her hit singles composed by the musical duo. He’s been given the crown of the King of Easy Listening and he worked with legends such as Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, and Dr. Dre in his later years.
The performer scored 73 Top 40 hits in the U.S. and 52 in the United Kingdom over the decades. His presence transcended music, having been named one of the “50 Most Beautiful People” in 1999 and one of “People” magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2000.
Burt was married four times, having divorced his first wife, actress Paula Stewart in 1958. He wed for a fourth time, to Jane Hansen in 1993, and they remained married until his passing.
During his second marriage to Angie Dickinson, the pair became parents to three kids. Their daughter, named Nikki, struggled with her mental health and died by suicide at age 40 in 2007.
He revealed in his memoir that Nikki Bacharach had undiagnosed Aspergers, a form of Autism Spectrum Disorder. He is survived by Hansen, as well as his children Raleigh, Oliver, and Cristopher.
Another heartbreaking news! Founder of influential Punk-Era band Television Tom Verlaine’s cause of death was revealed by his daughter. He died in New York City on January 28, 2023, at 73.
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