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OTRC: Marvin Hamlisch, 'Chorus Line' composer, dies at 68

Marvin Hamlisch, who composed the scores for dozens of movies including "The Sting," has died, according to a family spokesman. He was 68 years old.

Hamlisch died Monday in Los Angeles after a brief illness. Details of his medical condition were not immediately released.

Over his career, Hamlisch won three Academy Awards and four Emmys. He also won a Tony for "A Chorus Line."

"I'm devastated," legendary singer Barbra Streisand said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. "He was my dear friend. He's been in my life ever since the first day I met him in 1963, when he was my rehearsal pianist for 'Funny Girl.' He played at my wedding in 1998... and recently for me at a benefit for women's heart disease."

"The world will remember Marvin for his brilliant musical accomplishments, from 'A Chorus Line' to 'The Way We Were,' and so many others, but when I think of him now, it was his brilliantly quick mind, his generosity, and delicious sense of humor that made him a delight to be around," she said.

"Just last night, I was trying to reach him, to tell him how much I loved him, and that I wanted to use an old song of his, that I had just heard for the first time," Streisand aaded. "He was a true musical genius, but above all that, he was a beautiful human being. I will truly miss him."

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