Stephen Sondheim dies at 91: Broadway’s legend has died suddenly after Thanksgiving celebrations with friends

  • F. Richard Pappas was his lawyer and confirmed Friday the news 
  • Stephen Sondheim, a day following Thanksgiving, died suddenly at 91
  • According to some reports, he spent the holiday with his friends 
  • Among many Broadway hit Broadway shows, Sondheim composed the lyrics for West Side Story (and Gypsy)  

Stephen Sondheim, Broadway’s greatest musical genius, has passed away at 91.

According to F. Richard Pappas (his lawyer), the famed American composer/lyricist died suddenly at Roxbury, Conn., as The New York Times reported.

Pappas said that Sondheim had celebrated Thanksgiving the day prior with his friends surrounding him.

Stephen Sondheim dead at 91: Broadway legend passes away 'suddenly' day after celebrating Thanksgiving (Pictured in 2004)

Stephen Sondheim, 91; Broadway icon dies suddenly after thanksgiving (Pictured 2004,) 

Sondheim composed lyrics for West Side Story, Gypsy, and music for a long list of celebrated shows like Follies and Sunday In The Park With George. Also, he wrote lyrics for Sweeney Todd and Follies. 

Herbert Sondheim and Janet Sondheim were upper-middle class parents who had a child in New York City on March 22nd 1930. 

While his father was a manufacturer of dresses, his mother was an interior designer and fashion designer. 

He began studying piano at a young age and continued his studies throughout high school. 

Honors: Above, Sondheim is presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama in 2015

Honors: Sondheim receives the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama in 2015.