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James Bond Songwriter Leslie Bricusse’s Cause of Death: Still Private

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Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Leslie Bricusse’s cause of death has been kept in private after he passed away on Tuesday (October 19, 2021) at the age of 90. May he rest in power.

The heartbreaking death news of the man behind the lyrics of You Only Live Twice was announced by his friend Joan Collins, who called Leslie “one of the giant songwriters of our time.”

His son, Adam Bricusse, confirmed the passing of his father, who enchanted children with his musical confections for “Doctor Dolittle” and “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” seduced their parents with the crooner standards “What Kind of Fool Am I?” and “Who Can I Turn To?” and helped write the title song to the James Bond film “Goldfinger.”

Leslie Bricusse was a phenomenal songwriter. His work with Anthony Newley was magic. Gave us the Willy Wonka score and so many other great songs. The Nina Simone classic, “Feeling Good”? I only recently realized he wrote that too! Holy shit! Rest In Peace.

“The writer of Candyman, Goldfinger amongst so many other hits, and my great friend Leslie Bricusse has sadly died today,” Collins posted on social media. She then came to add, “He and his beautiful Evie have been in my life for over 50 years. I will miss him terribly, as will his many friends.”

He was born in London and parlayed his advanced theatrical success at Cambridge into an early career writing sketches and music for stage and small screen. The legend’s most famous partnership kicked off in 1959 with beloved actor-singer Anthony Newley, a one-time child star he described as a spiritual “soul mate.”


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Did Illness Become Leslie Bricusse’s Cause of Death?

Although no official report said about Leslie Bricusse’s cause of death, some claim he lost his life due to cancer, while others say about natural causes. Adam Bricusse did not provide a reason at this time.

However, US day News does not confirm any rumors; our team is trying to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible. Nevertheless, family privacy should be respected at this difficult time.


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We offer our deepest sympathies to his family, friends, fans, and all of his loved ones on these challenging days. You can also leave a condolence message below the comment box to honor him.

A fan posted, “Leslie Bricusse has passed away today. I had the very difficult and delightfully wonderful job as his personal chef, in his final season. My heart is broken for Evie, and her grandsons. Roman, and Lucca, who loved and cared him very much. He was polite and dignified.”

The famed songwriter is also remembered for writing the music and lyrics of films such as Doctor Dolittle, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Scrooge, and Tom and Jerry: The Movie.

The songwriter was awarded two Oscars for his work in Talk to the Animals and Victor/Victoria. In 1963, he and Newley got a Grammy Award for their work in the song What Kind of Fool Am I? from the musical Stop the World I Want to Get Off.


Reactions to Death of Leslie Bricusse

Celebrities’ death news always breaks many hearts; however, fans kindly remember memories, and their idols are alive in their hearts even after death.

Soon after the heartbreaking news was released, many of the late composer’s friends and fans expressed their sadness on social media by posting their tributes:

Someone wrote, “#LeslieBricusse was one of the greatest songwriters of our era. A kind, impossibly intelligent man. One of the great raconteurs. A bona fide showbusiness legend. He was incredibly generous to me when I was young. Thoughts with Evie & Adam. RIP. An impossible legacy.”

Another said, “Saddened to hear of the passing of #lesliebricusse I was fortunate enough to do 2 shows with him and having him hug me after the premiere of the original west end production of Scrooge and tell me the my ‘Tom Jenkins’ was how he always imagined it should be, is a career highlight.”

A fan sadly tweeted, “Sad to hear of the passing of #LeslieBricusse. Even if you don’t know his name, you will know his lyrics to such film themes as Goldfinger & You Only Live Twice, not to mention the peerless “Pure Imagination” from Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. RIP.”

Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Leslie Bricusse's cause of death has been kept in private

Another penned, “Leslie Bricusse has passed away today. I had the very difficult and delightfully wonderful job as his personal chef, in his final season. My heart is broken for Evie, and her grandsons. Roman, and Lucca, who loved and cared for him very much. He was polite and dignified.


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