Emmy and Tony-award winner Martin Charnin passed away over the Fourth of July weekend. His family confirmed the sad news on Monday, July 8th.
Charnin is best known for creating the hit musical “Annie.” Some of his other popular Broadway works include “S’Wonderful,” “S’Marvelous,” “S’Gershwin,” and “Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man.”
According to PEOPLE, he died at 84 years old after suffering a minor heart attack. Charnin reportedly spent some time in the hospital before taking his final breath.
“Our father passed away. Martin Charnin lived a very full life. He was watching Family Feud at the end, laughing with Shelly in bed at the hospital,” Charnin’s daughter Sasha wrote in a Facebook post. “He suffered a minor heart attack on the 3rd and tried to hold on for all [of] us. His strength was astounding. He’s in a painless place, now.”
“We adored Daddy and not fully accepting it yet. He loved and lived his best!” she added. “But like he said and as corny as this sounds…the [sun’ll] come out tomorrow. Rest In Peace, Daddy. We love you.”
Fans and well-known names in the entertainment industry that previously worked with Charnin flooded social media with tributes. Actress Senta Moses Mikan, actor David Alan Grier, and musical theatre star Ruthie Ann Miles were among those who shared a special post for the late Broadway legend.
He leaves behind wife Shelly Burch, their children, and three grandchildren. Please keep Charnin’s friends, family, and loved ones in your prayers as they cope with this sad loss.
In other recent news, Disney Channel star Cameron Boyce also passed away over the weekend. He was only 20 years old at the time of his death.