Jerry Leiber

Died: 2011-08-22
Age: 78
Cause: Heart Disease

Celebrated lyricist Jerry Leiber, who partnered with composer Mike Stoller to write many hits and played a key role in the birth of rock 'n' roll, died August 22, 2011 at age 78. "He was my friend, my buddy, my writing partner for 61 years," Stoller, 78, said in a statement released by their publicist. "He had a way with words. There was nobody better. I'm going to miss him." Their songwriting credits included such rock 'n' roll classics as "Hound Dog," "Jailhouse Rock," "Kansas City," "Poison Ivy" and the hit "Stand By Me," which they co-wrote with singer Ben E. King. Leiber is survived by his sons Jed, Oliver and Jake.

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