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RIP Michael Friedman, composer and lyricist

Composer Michael Friedman attends the
Composer Michael Friedman attends the "Bloody Bloody Jackson" opening night after-party at on October 13, 2010 in New York City.
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Michael Friedman, an Obie-winning composer and lyricist known for the musicals "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" and "Love's Labour's Lost," has died. He was 41.

Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham say Friedman passed away Saturday of complications related to HIV/AIDS in New York.

Friedman's best-known work is the rock musical "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" which imagines the seventh president of the United States as an emo rock star. First performed in 2008, "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" opened on Broadway in September 2010 and closed in January 2011 after 120 performances.

Friedman was a co-founder of The Civilians and artist-in-residence and director of Public Forum at The Public Theater.

"Michael Friedman was one of the most brilliant, multi-talented theater artists of our time," Eustis said in a statement. "He was also a miracle of a human being: loving, kind, generous, hilarious, thrilling. His loss leaves a hole in the theater world that cannot be filled, and a hole in the hearts of those who loved him that will last forever."