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COMPOSER RICHARD STONE, WINNER OF SEVEN EMMYS.

Byline: Holly Andres Staff Writer

WEST HILLS - Emmy Award-winning composer Richard Stone died of pancreatic cancer at his West Hills home Friday. He was 47.

Stone received a total of seven Emmy Awards during his career with Warner Bros. Animation.

He won two Emmys for his work on ``Steven Spielberg Presents Animaniacs.'' One was for music direction and composition and the other for original song, in 1994. He also took home Emmys for music direction and composition for ``Animaniacs'' in 1997, 1998 and 1999.

Stone also received an Emmy for original song for ``Steven Spielberg Presents Freakazoid!'' in 1996 and the award for music direction and composition for ``Warner Bros.' Histeria!'' in 2000.

The composer was noted for following in the tradition of the late Warner Bros. cartoon composer Carl Stalling in using a full orchestral score written specifically for each animated episode.

Stone worked on other Warner Bros animated series, including ``Steven Spielberg Presents Pinky & the Brain,'' ``Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures,'' ``The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries,'' ``Taz-Mania,'' and ``Road Rovers.''

Stone's compositions were used in commercials using Warner Bros. animated characters, including the Eveready Energizer Bunny series featuring Wile E. Coyote.

His live-action compositions for television series include ``Rescue 911,'' ``The Twilight Zone,'' ``Sledgehammer'' and the miniseries ``Elvis and Me'' and ``In a Child's Name.''

Stone's film credits include ``Pumpkinhead,'' ``North Shore,'' ``Never on Tuesday,'' ``Tripwire,'' ``Vietnam, Texas'' and ``Summer Heat.'' His music for the film ``Sundown'' and the documentary ``Medal of Honor'' have been released commercially.

Stone was born in Philadelphia on Nov. 27, 1953. He was a graduate of Indiana University with a degree in music.

Stone is survived by two sons, Richard and Michael; his mother, Janet; a brother, David; and a sister, Bonnie Sunstein.

A memorial service is pending.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, PO Box 1010, Torrance, CA 90505.
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