Dionne Warwick mourns death of lyricist Hal David

Warwick says she feels "as if I have lost another family member, but knowing I will always have him with me each time I sing the lyrics ... will continue to bring me a sense of him being with me always."

FILE - This Oct. 17, 2011 file photo shows legendary songwriters Bert Bacharach, left, and Hal David pose with singer Dionne Warwick at the "Love, Sweet Love" musical tribute to Hal David on his 90th birthday in Los Angeles, Calif. David, who along with partner Burt Bacharach penned dozens of top 40 hits for a variety of recording artists in the 1960s and beyond, died Saturday Sept. 1, 2012 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Vince Bucci, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dionne Warwick is comparing the death of lyricist Hal David to the loss of a relative.

The pop diva issued a statement Sunday after David died Saturday in Los Angeles at age 91.

Warwick says she feels "as if I have lost another family member, but knowing I will always have him with me each time I sing the lyrics ... will continue to bring me a sense of him being with me always."

David partnered with composer Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless hits sung by Warwick, including "What the World Needs Now is Love" and "I Say a Little Prayer."

Bacharach said in a statement that David's lyrics of "A House Is Not a Home" or "Alfie" are "as good as you can get."

Associated Press
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