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Cynthia Weil, Grammy-winning 'You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling' songwriter, dead at 82

Cynthia Weil, the Grammy-winning artist who co-wrote “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and “On Broadway” has died at 82.

A representative for Weil confirmed the legendary songwriter’s death to Fox News Digital in a statement.

“It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Cynthia Weil, an indelible and unforgettable voice of American popular music. Her important contributions to American songwriting over the past five decades will remain with us for always, as will the memory of this truly great artist. May her memory be a blessing.”

The cause of death remains unknown.

The powerful music duo’s song “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” became a major hit for the Righteous Brothers. 

The famous song topped the charts in 1965, and got a resurgence in popularity when it was featured in Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun” movie in 1986.

Cynthia Weil at award event

Songwriter Cynthia Weil accepts her award during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York. (AP Images)

According to Broadcast Music Inc., no other song was played more on radio and television in the 20th century.

While many of Weil’s peers struggled once The Beatles caught on, she continued to make hits, sometimes with Mann, or with such partners as Michael Masser, David Foster and John Williams, with whom she wrote “For Always” for the soundtrack to Steven Spielberg’s “A.I. Artificial Intelligence.” 

Mann helped write the Peabo Bryson ballad “If Ever You’re In My Arms Again,” James Ingram’s “Just Once,” the Pointer Sisters’ “He’s So Shy,” and Lionel Richie’s “Running With the Night.” In 1997, she was in the top 10 again with Hanson’s “I Will Come to You.”

Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil

Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil collaborated on songs including, “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” “On Broadway,” “Walking in the Rain” and dozens of other hits. (AP Images)

The “I’m Glad I Did” author and talented artist was not limited to love ballads. She and Mann wrote one of rock’s first anti-drug songs, “Kicks,” a hit for Paul Revere and the Raiders in 1966.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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