Tony Award winning composer Jerry Bock has died of heart failure, aged 81. He passed away at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York on Wednesday morning, November 3. Bock cemented his place in musical theater history after composing the score to "Fiddler on the Roof" with lyricist Sheldon Harnick.
The collaboration earned the two men Tonys in 1965. The pair took home Tony gold again in 1960, for the music and lyrics to "Fiorello!"
Bock was also nominated for Tonys in 1967 - for "The Apple Tree" - and again in 1971 - for "The Rothschilds". His other Broadway credits include "The Body Beautiful", "Mr. Wonderful" and "She Loves Me".
Bock made his Broadway debut in 1955 with lyricist Larry Holofcener, whom he met in college, on "To Catch a Star".