The Hollywood star and singer who sang “America the Great” at the Oscars has died, his family said.
He was 92.
“We are deeply saddened to share the news that we are mourning the passing of our beloved son, Mr. Richard Simmons,” his daughter and friend, Kaley Cuoco, said in a statement.
“He was a true gentleman, and our entire family will miss him dearly.”
Simmons, whose real name was Richard Simmons, was born Richard William Simmons on January 9, 1932 in New York City.
He won an Oscar for his performance as the title character of “Avenue Q” at his own Grammys on Jan. 28, 1940.
“America” was one of the most popular songs at the time, and was adapted into a movie in 1958.
It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song in 1956.
In 2018, Simmons won an Emmy for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Musical or Comedy Series for his portrayal of “America,” the titular hero in the film “American Hustle.”
His death was confirmed by his agent, Scott Borchetta, on Twitter.
His wife, Lisa Marie Simmons, said Simmons was a “genius.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, his friends and fans,” she said.
The Grammy Awards took place Sunday, Feb. 27, 2018, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Hollywood, California.
The event featured performances by Leonard Cohen, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez, Alicia Vikander, Chris Brown, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Springsteen, Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez, Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Justin Trudeau, Chance the Rapper, Alicia Silverstone, Beyoncée Dunaway, Selma Blair, Justin Paul and Alicia Keys.
The Oscars are a series of events honoring the best in film, television, music, drama and comedy.
The 2017 ceremony featured performances from John Legend, The Roots, Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga, Maren Morris, Michael Bublé, Billy Bragg, Bruno Mars, Nick Jonas, Nicky Jam, Bruce Dickinson, David Guetta, Margo Price, The Chainsmokers, The Weeknd, Florence Welch, Adele, Nick Zinner, Katy Perry, Lady Macbeth, Katy Bush, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, J.
Lo, Beyonces husband, Jay Z, Drake, Drake’s cousin, Justin Beiber, Lil Wayne, Beyonzette, Chance The Rapper and Nicki’s husband, Travi$ Scott.