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No one told you life was going to be this way...
Allee Willis—best known for writing the Friends theme song "I'll Be There For You" and Earth Wind & Fire's "September"—passed away on Christmas Eve, her publicist told the New York Times. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. She was 72.
"Allee Willis was a one-of-a-kind creative genius, Her love, spirit and artistry are forever woven into the fabric and legacy of Earth, Wind & Fire," the band's official Twitter account wrote. "She will be sorely missed. Rest in Love."
According to her website, the Friends hit—recorded by The Rembrandts— was "a real struggle" to compose. After all, as Willis noted, she was "used to writing lyrics that are funkier and not so plain sounding." Still, the catchy tune earned her a 1995 Emmy nominations. (The trophy ultimately went to Star Trek: Voyager.)
Throughout her illustrious career, the musical genius won two Grammy awards for her work on Beverly Hills Cop and Broadway's The Color Purple, the latter which also earned her a Tony nomination.