Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Barbra left 'devastated' by friend's death


In a statement posted on her website, Tuesday, Barbra writes, "I'm devastated. 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."
Barbra reveals she was all the more shocked to learn of Hamlisch's death because she had been thinking about him on Monday.
She continues, "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. He was a true musical genius, but above all that, he was a beautiful human being. I will truly miss him."