Andrew Lloyd Webber has announced that his son Nicholas has passed away at the age of 43 after an 18-month battle with gastric cancer. The Broadway legend, who is 75 years old, shared a statement on Twitter on Saturday, revealing the heartbreaking news. He wrote, “I am devastated to have to announce that my beloved elder son Nick passed away a few hours ago in Basingstoke Hospital. His entire family is gathered together and we are all completely devastated.”
Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, a celebrated composer and theatre impresario, shares a son named Nicholas with his ex-wife Sarah Hugill, whom he was married to from 1971 to 1983. The former couple also have a daughter named Imogen Lloyd Webber, who is currently 45 years old.
Recently, on a fateful Sunday, Lord Webber disclosed that his eldest son Nicholas is battling a severe form of gastric cancer and has been hospitalized for the past 18 months after a valiant fight against the disease. In a statement relayed by his representatives to Fox News Digital on March 19, Lord Webber expressed his anguish at Nicholas’ critical condition.
As a result of Nicholas’ ailment, Lord Webber has been unable to attend the previews of his latest theatrical production “Bad Cinderella” and regrettably will not be able to offer his support to the cast, crew, and orchestra on the opening night this Thursday.
In his statement, Lord Webber expressed his hope that Nicholas will make a swift recovery from this adversity. While Nicholas is exhibiting remarkable bravery and an indomitable sense of humor in the face of his illness, Lord Webber has chosen to prioritize being with him and his family during this difficult time.
Andrew Lloyd Webber, the famed composer and six-time Tony Award winner, shared in a video posted on Instagram that his son, Nicholas, has been moved into hospice care. Nicholas was diagnosed with pneumonia during his battle with cancer, though no details about the form of cancer have been disclosed. Webber expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support from fans and sent well wishes to the cast of “Bad Cinderella” on their opening night.
Webber, who recently premiered a reimagined version of “Cinderella” in London’s West End, said he was unable to attend the opening night of “Bad Cinderella” in New York City due to his son’s health. Despite being “absolutely gutted” to miss the event, Webber stated that his place is currently with his family in England.
Nicholas, born on July 2, 1979, followed in his father’s footsteps and became an acclaimed composer. He received recognition for his work on the 2017 BBC Drama, “Love, Lies and Records,” and scored the 2017 musical “Fat Friends” and the 2021 film “The Last Bus.” Along with his father, Greg Wells, and David Zippel, Nicholas earned a Grammy nomination for best musical theater album as a co-producer for the 2021 original cast recording of “Cinderella.”
In 2018, Nicholas married Polly Wiltshire, a viola player who performed in the 2019 movie adaptation of Webber’s musical “Cats.”