Joan Collins, Nancy Sinatra Mourn Leslie Bricusse, Songwriter for 'Goldfinger', 'Willy Wonka'

Leslie Bricusse, an acclaimed Grammy and Oscar-winning songwriter, composer and playwright known for his numerous iconic numbers for the stage and screen, passed away Tuesday. He was 90 years old.

Bricusse's son, Adam Bricusse, confirmed his father's death in a Facebook post. "My Dearest Father passed away peacefully this morning," he wrote. "Please raise a glass for him."

Bricusse is survived by Adam, as well as his wife, actress Yvonne Romain.

In a statement to the BBC, Bricusse's agent said that "with a breaking heart," he had passed away in his sleep.

Bricusse wrote some of the most recognizable songs in film and theatre history. This includes "The Candy Man" and "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the theme for the James Bond films Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice, and musicals such as Broadway's Jekyll & Hyde.

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Acclaimed songwriter Leslie Bricusse passed away at the age of 90 Tuesday. Here, he is seen with his wife Yvonne Romain on a red carpet in Los Angeles, in 2013. Tibrina Hobson/Getty

Numerous thespians, actors, and singers paid tribute to Bricusse across social media.

One of Bricusse's good friends, actress and author Joan Collins, paid tribute to him on Facebook, calling him "one of the great songwriters of our time."

"Writer of #candyman #goldfinger amongst so many other hits, and my great friend Leslie Bricusse has sadly died today," Collins continued. "He and his beautiful Evie have been in my life for over 50 years. I will miss him terribly, as will his many friends."

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Singer Elaine Page commemorated Bricusse on Twitter, also calling him "one of the greatest songwriters" and noting that the two of them had "been friends for many years."

Shocked & saddened by the news that the brilliant & wonderful Leslie Bricusse has died. One of our great songwriters. My first ever professional role was in Roar of the Greasepaint musical. We’ve been friends for many years. My heart & prayers are with Evie & his family tonight.

— Elaine Paige (@elaine_paige) October 19, 2021

Comedian and author David Walliams also tweeted a message, giving the man "a fond farewell" and describing him as a "legendary songwriter."

‘A fond farewell to the my friend the legendary songwriter Leslie Bricusse. He wrote some of the most famous songs of the 20th Century - Goldfinger, Feeling Good, You Only Live Twice, Pure Imagination, The Candy Man, Talk to the Animals, My Kind of Girl, What Kind of Fool Am I?’

— David Walliams HQ (@davidwalliams) October 19, 2021

Nancy Sinatra tweeted that Bricusse was "one of the loves of my life."

"Leslie Bricusse was my friend for more than fifty years - years filled with warm embraces, a strong shoulder & a guiding hand," she continued. Bricusse had worked with Nancy's father Frank Sinatra on a number of songs.

My heart is aching today because one of the loves of my life is gone. Leslie Bricusse was my friend for more than fifty years - years filled with warm embraces, a strong shoulder & a guiding hand.
Sending love to Evie, Adam & all of their friends tonight. May God treat him well.

— Nancy Sinatra (@NancySinatra) October 19, 2021

Born in the London suburb of Pinner, Middlesex, Bricusse was educated at the University of Cambridge's Gonville and Gaius College before embarking on his songwriter career.

His first credited work was a 1956 song called "Out of Town." Bricusse then co-wrote his first musical with Anthony Newley in 1961, Stop the World-I Want to Get Off.

Beyond writing his own songs, Bricusse also collaborated with numerous high-profile songwriters and composers over the years. This includes working with John Williams on iconic films such as Home Alone, the Harry Potter franchise, and Superman.

Bricusse ended his career with a catalog of more than 1,000 songs, and in his autobiography, called himself "one of the luckiest people I know, second only perhaps to Ringo Starr."

Newsweek reached out to Leslie Bricusse's official website for comment.