Phillip Schofield issues heartbreaking tribute to celebrity pal

Phillip Schofield has issued a heartbreaking tribute to a celebrity friend after their sad death.

The TV presenter, who is currently taking a break from ITV’s This Morning for half-term, shared the heartfelt tribute to his late friend, Leslie Bricusse.

Bricusse was a composer, lyricist, and playwright who worked on theatre musicals and wrote theme music for films. Some of his most well known work was for writing the music and lyrics for the films Doctor Dolittle, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Scrooge, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factor, and the Bond songs Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice.

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He passed away in his sleep yesterday (Tuesday, October 19) aged 90.

Phillip got to know Bricusse when starring as the title role in Dr Dolittle the musical, which opened in 1998.

The TV star shared a photo of his late friend with the touching tribute.

He wrote: “I’m so sad to hear of the death of my friend, the brilliant Leslie Bricusse whose songs I loved singing in Dr Dolittle. My love to his family.”

Phillip Schofield’s tribute to his late friend, Leslie Bricusse.

Other tributes flooded in from celebrities after the tragic news was confirmed by Bricusse’s agent.

David Walliams wrote : “A fond farewell to my friend the legendary songwriter Leslie Bricusse. His list of songs is iconic. Goldfinger. You Only Live Twice. Feeling Good. Pure Imagination. The Candy Man. Talk To The Animals.

“Leslie was the best company. The greatest storyteller. The perfect host. The kindest man. It was an honour to know him.”

Dame Joan Collins added: “One of the giant songwriters of our time, writer of Candyman, Goldfinger amongst so many other hits, and my great friend Leslie Bricusse has sadly died today.

“He and his beautiful Evie have been in my life for over 50 years. I will miss him terribly, as will his many friends.”

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