Fiddler on the Roof composer Jerry Bock dies

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Jerry Bock, who composed the scores for some of Broadway's most successful musicals including Fiddler on the Roof and Fiorello!, has died.

Composed with lyricist Sheldon Harnick, Fiorello! earned three Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize after opening in 1959.

The pair created songs including If I Were a Rich Man and Sunrise Sunset for Fiddler on the Roof five years later, and the show won a total of nine Tonys.

Mr Bock, 81, suffered heart failure, lawyer and friend Richard Ticktin said.

Mr Bock recently spoke at a memorial service for Fiddler on the Roof playwright Joseph Stein, who died on 24 October.

The composer suffered a stroke at the weekend and died four days later.

"So now two of the three creators of Fiddler on the Roof have passed away within three weeks of each other," Mr Ticktin told the Associated Press (AP) news agency....

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