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US Songwriter Allee Willis who created the ‘Friends’ theme tune and ‘Boogie Wonderland’ dies in LA of sudden heart attack in aged 72

  • Allee Willis’ death was confirmed by her long-term partner Prudence Fenton  
  • 72-year-old best known for composing ‘I’ll Be There for You’ by The Rembrandts
  • Won Grammys for Broadway musical The Color Purple and Beverly Hills Cop

Award-winning songwriter Allee Willis has died at the age of 72, it has been confirmed today. 

Willis’ death was confirmed by her long-term partner Prudence Fenton, who wrote on Instagram: ‘Rest In Boogie Wonderland Nov 10, 1947-December 24, 2019’.

The 72-year-old died from a heart attack at her home in Los Angeles yesterday. 

Willis is best known for composing ‘I’ll Be There for You’ by The Rembrandts which became the iconic soundtrack to the hit sitcom Friends. 

Willis' death was confirmed by her long-term partner Prudence Fenton, who wrote on Instagram: 'Rest In Boogie Wonderland Nov 10, 1947-December 24, 2019'.

Willis’ death was confirmed by her long-term partner Prudence Fenton, who wrote on Instagram: ‘Rest In Boogie Wonderland Nov 10, 1947-December 24, 2019’.

Award-winning songwriter Allee Willis has died at the age of 72, it has been confirmed today

Award-winning songwriter Allee Willis has died at the age of 72, it has been confirmed today

Willis was best known for her work with Earth, Wind and Fire and for writing the "Friends" theme song. Willis was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame and won two Grammy Awards

Willis was best known for her work with Earth, Wind and Fire and for writing the ‘Friends’ theme song. Willis was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and won two Grammy Awards

Paul Reubens and Allee Willis pictured together at a Grammy party in Hollywood in 1982

Paul Reubens and Allee Willis pictured together at a Grammy party in Hollywood in 1982

Willis won Grammy awards for her work co-writing the Broadway musical The Color Purple and the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack. 

She also collaborated with Earth, Wind & Fire to pen the hit ‘Boogie Wonderland’, and produced ‘September’.  

She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.

Animator and producer Prudence Fenton, described by a family friend as Willis’ ‘partner and soulmate,’ was said to be ‘in total shock’ over her best friend’s sudden death, according to Variety.  

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