The world of Disney is mourning the loss of a true legend. Richard M. Sherman, who brought an extraordinary musical touch to countless Disney classics alongside his brother Robert, passed away at the age of 95. The Walt Disney Company announced this heartbreaking news on Saturday, revealing that Sherman succumbed to age-related illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills.

For generations, the Sherman brothers’ melodies have been the soundtrack to countless Disney adventures. Their iconic songs like “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from “Mary Poppins” not only won them two Oscars but also earned a special place in the hearts of Disney fans worldwide. Their repertoire extended beyond films to Disney theme parks, where hits like “It’s a Small World” and “The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room” can be heard to this day.

Born on June 12, 1928, Richard M. Sherman followed in the footsteps of his father, Al Sherman, nurturing a passion for music that led to an illustrious career. Drafted into the U.S. Army, Sherman served as a band conductor before achieving his professional breakthrough. The Sherman brothers’ collaboration with Disney began with Mouseketeer Annette Funicello and flourished into a prolific partnership, resulting in over 150 songs for the company.

The Sherman brothers’ musical genius wasn’t confined to Disney alone. They brought joy to families with music for other beloved films such as “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and “Charlotte’s Web.” Their contributions to the arts were recognized not just with Oscars but also with 23 gold and platinum albums, induction into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame, and the National Medal of Arts awarded by President George W. Bush in 2008.

Disney plans a private funeral for Sherman on May 31, with a public celebration of his life to follow. Richard Sherman leaves behind a legacy of timeless music that will continue to enchant generations to come. He is survived by his wife Elizabeth, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

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