Norman Gimbel, award-winning poet, dies at the age of 91 years

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Norman Gimbel, Oscar and Grammy winning copywriter, has died at the age of 91, the family has announced.

Gimbel's work included Killing Me Softly with his song – recorded by Roberta Flack, Fugees and others – and the theme of the TV series Happy Days.

He also wrote the English text of the Brazilian bossa nova melody, The Girl from Ipanema.

Gimbel died on December 19 in his home in Montecito, California, and his son Tony Gimbel told The Hollywood Reporter.

Music rights organization BMI said it was "very sad" by news of Gimbel's death. It described him as a "truly gifted and productive writer" who would be greatly missed by friends and fans.

Born in Brooklyn, Norman Gimbel began his career with music publishers David Blum and Edwin H Morris. His early successes included the lyrics of Andy Williamss 1956 hit single Canadian Sunset.

He was best known for his work in film and television, and wrote the songs for popular performances such as Laverne & Shirley, Wonder Woman and HR Puffnstuff.

Gimbel formed a long-term partnership with the composer Charles Fox, and the two won a Grammy Award in 1973 to kill me softly.

He and the composer David Shire shared an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1997 for what goes on, which was sung by Jennifer Warnes in the movie Norma Rae.

In 1984, Gimbel was brought into Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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