One of the most influential composers of musical theatre, Stephen Sondheim, recently passed away, leaving his fans and family heartbroken. KISS’s Paul Stanley mourned him on Twitter by appreciating his work throughout his career.

Sondheim was best known for composing the lyrics of big musicals such as ‘West Side Story,’ ‘Gypsy,’ ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,’ and ‘A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.’ He was loved, appreciated, and looked up to by many musicians, including those involved in the rock genre.

Unfortunately, Sondheim passed away last Friday at the age of 91 and saddened the music world. His lawyer F. Richard Pappas made the announcement and told New York Times that the cause of his death was unknown, and he wasn’t ill beforehand. In fact, he had a Thanksgiving dinner with his friends the day before he passed away.

This news deeply saddened KISS’ Starchild, who mourned his death and appreciated his work in a tweet recently. Stanley showed his shock over the death of such an icon. He stated that Stephen Sondheim created beautiful sounds and described his lyrical work as ‘extraordinary.’ He continued to say that his work will always be remembered as the ‘gold standard’ quality.

Stanley’s fans replied to his tweet and pointed out that there have been many sad deaths in the past two years. Some blamed it on COVID, yet, Sondheim’s cause of death was not officially related to the virus. The music world will surely miss the icon, yet Stanley pointed out that he will be remembered forever because of his timeless and unique work.

Here is Stanley’s tweet:

“Wow… A true musical icon is gone. His work occupies rarified air by which others are compared. Beautiful music, melodies, and extraordinary lyrics. Just saying ‘Sondheim’ takes a critique to another level. His work will remain the gold standard.”

You can check out the twee below.