Disney composer Robert B. Sherman, who with brother Richard Sherman composed It's a Small World and the scores to Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (along with the non-Disney Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) has died in London at 86.
From his son Jeff's Facebook page:
"Hello to family and friends, I have very sad news to convey. My Dad, Robert B. Sherman, passed away tonight in London. He went peacefully after months of truly valiantly fending off death. He loved life and his dear heart finally slowed to a stop when he could fight no more. He wanted to bring happiness to the world and, unquestionably, he succeeded. His love and his prayers, his philosophy and his poetry will live on forever. Forever his songs and his genius will bring hope, joy and love to this small, small world."