'Rest in peace my friend' Rod Stewart pens emotional goodbye following pal's death

Rod Stewart, 76, has paid his condolences to Willy Wonka songwriter Leslie Bricusse, who has died aged 90. The composer was best known for writing the music and lyrics for films such as; Doctor Dolittle, Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory and Goodbye Mr Chips.

Taking to Instagram this morning, Rod posted a picture of Leslie with his wife to his 495,000 followers.

He captioned the image: “Rest in peace my friend.”

Penny Lancaster, Rod’s wife, also left a touching tribute to the late star.

On Instagram she used the same image of Leslie and his wife, Evie.

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Their production was later turned into a film in 1966.

The duo went on to write the music for The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd in 1965 followed by Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

With composer Cyril Ornadel, he created Pickwick, a musical based on Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Papers.

In 1967, he received an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Doctor Dolittle’s Talk to the Animals.

Six years ago, he released his book Pure Imagination: A Sorta Biography.

David Walliams also took to Twitter to pay tribute last night.

He wrote: “Apart from being a genius songwriter, Leslie Bricusse was the perfect host, the best company, the greatest storyteller, the sharpest wit and the kindest man.

“I loved him dearly. It was an honour to know him.”

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