Rest in peace my friend Rod Stewart pens emotional goodbye following pals death

Leslie Bricusse discusses his songwriting process in 2015

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Rod Stewart, 76, has paid his condolences to Willy Wonka songwriter Leslie Bricusse, who has died aged 90. The composer was best known for writing the music and lyrics for films such as; Doctor Dolittle, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory and Goodbye Mr Chips.

Rest in peace my friend.

Rod Stewart

Taking to Instagram this morning, Rod posted a picture of Leslie with his wife to his 495,000 followers.

He captioned the image: “Rest in peace my friend.”

Penny Lancaster, Rod’s wife, also left a touching tribute to the late star.

On Instagram she used the same image of Leslie and his wife, Evie.

She captioned the image: “Our hearts go out to Evie and family.

“So sad to hear of Leslie’s passing.

“An incredible artist, a devoted husband, the perfect host and wonderful friend to many.”

Penny added: “Rod and I will always treasure our happy times together, as neighbours in the South of France. God Bless.”

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Fans were quick to comment their condolences to Rod and Penny.

Jamiebroganstrickland said: “So sorry for the loss of a friend.

“Love and prayers to your and your friends family.” (sic)

Leslie created the musical Stop the World – I Want to Get Off with Anthony Newley in the 1960s.

Their production was later turned into a film in 1966.

The duo went on to write the music for The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd in 1965 followed by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

With composer Cyril Ornadel, he created Pickwick, a musical based on Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers.

In 1967, he received an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Doctor Dolittle’s Talk to the Animals.

Six years ago, he released his book Pure Imagination: A Sorta Biography.

David Walliams also took to Twitter to pay tribute last night.

He wrote: “Apart from being a genius songwriter, Leslie Bricusse was the perfect host, the best company, the greatest storyteller, the sharpest wit and the kindest man.

“I loved him dearly. It was an honour to know him.”

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