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Martin Charnin Dead - 'Annie' Creator Dies at 84

Martin Charnin Dead - 'Annie' Creator Dies at 84

Martin Charnin has sadly died at the age of 84.

The Tony Award-winning lyricist and writer, best known for the Broadway musical Annie, died after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday (July 3), his daughter Sasha confirmed on Facebook.

“Our father passed away. Martin Charnin lived a very full life. He was watching Family Feud at the end, laughing with Shelly in bed at the hospital. He suffered a minor heart attack on the 3rd and tried to hold on for all us. His strength was astounding. He’s in a painless place, now. Probably looking for Cole Porter and Ira Gershwin. We adored Daddy and not fully accepting it yet. He loved and lived his best! He was the best father we could have ever imagined. He is survived by his wife, all of his kids and his three grandchildren, several dogs, cats and a kid with no pupils. And as loving as he was has kept all of us completely directionless. Which way do we go Daddy? Damn. But like he said and as corny as this sounds…the sun’ll will come out tomorrow. Rest In Peace, Daddy. We love you,” she wrote.

Martin received three Emmys for his work on TV specials in addition to his Tony Award for Best Original Score for Annie, and also received a Grammy for Jay-Z‘s Annie-sampling “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem).”

He is survived by his wife Shelly Burch, and their children Sasha and Randy and grandchildren Maxwell, Gus and Oliver.

Our thoughts are with Martin‘s loved ones at this difficult time.

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