Mary Poppins songwriter Robert Sherman dies aged 86

The musician co-wrote Chim Chim Cher-ee, A Spoonful of Sugar and many other favourites

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The songwriter Robert Sherman, well known for his work on Disney movies with his brother Richard, has died in London at the age of 86.

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In 1965, the Sherman brothers won an Academy Award and a Grammy for the original score to Mary Poppins, which included the songs Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, A Spoonful of Sugar and Chim Chim Cher-ee, the last of which won a second Oscar for Best Original Song.

Robert and Richard Sherman also worked on The Jungle Book, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Aristocats and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

In later life, Robert Sherman moved to London, where he helped Chitty and Poppins to become West End musical smashes.

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Writing on Facebook, Sherman’s son Jeff said: “He went peacefully after months of truly valiantly fending off death. He loved life and his dear heart finally slowed to a stop when he could fight no more.”