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‘Friends’ songwriter Allee Willis dies at age 72

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 14: Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Allee Willis attends the Songwriters Hall of Fame 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner at New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame )

Songwriter Allee Willis has died at age 72, according to her partner Prudence Fenton.

“Rest In Boogie Wonderland Nov 10,1947-December 24, 2019,” Fenton captioned a photo of Willis on her Instagram page.

Willis is known for writing the “Friends” theme song, Earth, Wind, & Fire’s songs “September” and “Boogie Wonderland,” and co-authoring the Broadway musical “The Color Purple.”

She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, according to their website.

A screenshot of an article reporting her death is on Willis’ Instagram page with the caption, “We are extremely shocked and devastated to share this news.”

Additional information regarding her death was not immediately available.

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