Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber confirms his son Nicholas has died aged 43
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber has confirmed that his eldest son Nicholas has died aged 43.
The 75-year-old Oscar-winning composer shared the sad news on Twitter on Saturday, writing: “I am shattered to have to announce that my beloved elder son Nick died a few hours ago in Basingstoke Hospital.
“His whole family is gathered together and we are all totally bereft. – ALW”
The news comes days after Lord Lloyd-Webber recently revealed that 43-year-old Nicholas, who was also a composer, had been moved to a hospice where he was “battling” gastric cancer.
During his career, Nicholas was nominated for a Grammy for a musical theatre album alongside his father for Lord Lloyd-Webber’s Cinderella.
The news follows a video posted to Lord Lloyd-Webber’s Instagram account on Thursday, in which the composer said his son was “over the worst of this first bout of pneumonia” which he caught as a result of his “ghastly” cancer.
Lord Lloyd-Webber is best known for writing the music for hit shows such as Cats, The Phantom Of The Opera and Jesus Christ Superstar.
In a video posted on Instagram, he said: "We’re all here and the family here has gathered around and it was the right place for us all to be I think.”
He also thanked the people of Ukraine who sent him a Cats T-shirt following the announcement that his son was “critically ill”.
He said: “I know that they’ve been performing Cats there in a bunker, a makeshift production.
“It’s incredibly moving … everything they’re going through they have been so incredibly thoughtful about dearest Nick.
“I’m going to go and see Nick in a minute, and I’m going to pass on all of the fantastic wishes that I’ve had for him all the way from everywhere all around the world.”
Lord Lloyd-Webber’s first wife, Sarah Hugill, is the mother of Nicholas. They also share a daughter, Imogen.