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Songwriter Hal David dies aged 91

  • American songwriter Hal David has died at the age of 91 in Los Angeles from complications from a stroke, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has said.

    David had penned dozens of hits with collaborator Burt Bacharach.

    The duo was behind songs including Walk On By performed by Dionne Warwick, What's New Pussycat? by Tom Jones and Close To You sung by The Carpenters.

    His wife, Eunice David, said he had suffered a major stroke in March and was stricken again on Tuesday.

    David also won two Oscars for his work on the soundtrack for the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, one for best music and the other for the song Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head.

    Both awards were shared with Bacharach.