Famed composer Lucy Simon, sister of Carly Simon, has died. She was 82.
Broadway World and The Hollywood Reporter shared the news of Simon’s death, citing testimony from a family spokesperson. According to the rep, she died in Piedmont, New York.
The news added that Lucy Simon’s cause of death was breast cancer. The confirmation did not reveal how long she had been battling the dreaded disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer can start in different parts of the breast, but it most often starts in the ducts or lobules. Some of the earliest symptoms include a painless lump in the area, a change in the size or appearance of the breast, and dimpling.
Following the revelation of Simon’s death, her colleagues, friends and fans honored her legacy and looked back at her contributions to the industry.
Adam Hoskins wrote: “So sad to hear of Lucy Simon’s passing. I had the special honor of attending Dr London Palladium’s London treatment with her. Such a legacy, but such a loss.
In memory of Lucy Simon
Simon grew up in a family whose members were interested in music. She became interested in writing music after memorizing and reciting a poem at school when she was 14. As the composer is dyslexic, she can only remember Eugene Field’s poem Wynken, Blynken & Nod as set it to music.
When Simon graduated from college, she and her sister Carly formed the Simon Sisters and began playing in Provincetown. The poem, which she set to music, became a #73 hit on the Billboard charts in 1964.
She took a break from music to attend nursing school and eventually married David Levin. After welcoming her two children, she decided to return to the industry and released her albums Lucy Simon and Stolen Time. The composer and her husband then went on to make the Grammy-winning children’s albums In Harmony and In Harmony 2.
From there, she expanded her career and entered the Broadway stage. Just a few years after her debut, she became the third female composer to have a show on Broadway.