‘Mary Poppins’ songwriter Robert Sherman dies aged 86

Robert Sherman wrote some of Disney's best-known tunes

Disney songwriter Robert Sherman has died at the age of 86.

Sherman, along with his brother Richard, wrote some of the best known songs in some of the studio’s most popular musicals, winning two Oscars in 1965 for their work on Mary Poppins. They received a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in 1976.

His son Jeffrey confirmed his passing yesterday (March 5) with a posting on Facebook: “I have very sad news to convey. My Dad, Robert B Sherman, passed away tonight in London. He went very 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.”

He added: “He wanted to bring happiness to the world and, unquestionably, he succeeded. His love and his prayers, his philosophy and his poetry will live on forever. Forever his songs and his genius will bring hope, joy and love to this small, small world. I love you, Dad.”

In later life, Sherman remained active, being closely involved in stage adaptations of movies he had worked on like Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.