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‘Poseidon Adventure’ theme song writer dies

Joel Hirschhorn died of a heart attack at the age of 67
/ Source: The Associated Press

Joel Hirschhorn, who shared two Academy Awards for theme songs in “The Poseidon Adventure” and “The Towering Inferno,” has died. He was 67.

Hirschhorn died Sunday of a heart attack at a hospital, his wife, documentary producer Jennifer Carter Hirschhorn, said Monday. He had broken his shoulder in a fall Friday night, she said.

Hirschhorn’s songs sold more than 90 million records, were featured in 20 movies and were recorded by artists including Elvis Presley.

With longtime collaborator Al Kasha, he won his first Oscar in 1973 for “The Morning After” from “The Poseidon Adventure,” a film about a luxury cruise ship capsized by an enormous wave.

They earned a second Academy Award in 1975 for “We May Never Love Like This Again” from “The Towering Inferno,” a film about a catastrophic blaze in a high-rise building.

Hirschhorn and Kasha were nominated for another pair of Oscars for songs from the Disney animated film “Pete’s Dragon.”

They were also nominated for two Tony Awards.