The Disney community mourns the loss of one of its most iconic legends, Richard M. Sherman, who passed away on Saturday at the age of 95 due to age-related illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. Confirming his passing, The Walt Disney Company shared an official statement, commemorating Sherman’s illustrious contributions to the world of Disney music.

A cherished Disney musical legend and half of the Academy Award-winning Sherman Brothers songwriting duo, Richard M. Sherman, alongside his brother Robert, crafted some of the most memorable melodies in film history. Over his 65-year career, Sherman garnered numerous accolades, including nine Academy Award nominations, winning two Oscars for their work on the 1964 classic, *Mary Poppins*. Additionally, Sherman earned three Grammy Awards, as well as 24 gold and platinum albums.

Sherman’s influence transcended cinema to touch television, Broadway, and even theme park attractions. The Sherman brothers were responsible for timeless tunes like “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” which won them an Oscar for Best Original Song, and the universally adored “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Their musical genius was also immortalized in the Disneyland favorite, “It’s a Small World (After All),” a song that continues to bring joy at Disney parks worldwide.

Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, emphasized Sherman’s lasting impact in a heartfelt tribute. “Richard Sherman was the embodiment of what it means to be a Disney Legend, creating along with his brother Robert the beloved classics that have become a cherished part of the soundtrack of our lives,” Iger shared. “From films like *Mary Poppins* and *The Jungle Book* to attractions like ‘it’s a small world,’ the music of the Sherman Brothers has captured the hearts of generations. We are forever grateful for the mark Richard left on the world, and we extend our deepest condolences to his family.”

The Sherman brothers’ magic didn’t just stop at movies and music; their compositions resonated deeply with Walt Disney himself. Notably, “Feed the Birds,” from *Mary Poppins*, was among Walt Disney’s personal favorites, reflecting the deep bond and mutual respect between them.

Richard M. Sherman’s legacy is undeniably woven into the very fabric of Disney’s story. His melodies have become anthems that continue to enchant audiences of all ages. As we remember this Disney Legend, we invite our readers to share their favorite Sherman Brothers’ songs in the comments below and reflect on the magical moments they’ve inspired. Let’s celebrate a life filled with music that will echo through the ages.

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