British hit songwriter Warren Harry (aka Warren Bacall) died March 9, in his sleep at home, at the age of 54. His passing was totally unexpected, although his health had been poor for years. A post mortem said he died of a pulmonary embolism -- a blood clot in the lungs -- having suffered an asthma attack earlier in the day.

Warren had his own band in the '70's and had recently finished a new solo album, which is still unreleased. Among many covers, his hits include "When We Were Young" for Bucks Fizz and "This Is Pop" for Japanese star Yoko Oginome. He also co-wrote "Josephine" for John Otway, and penned "The Way That I Did", the only outside track on Anthony Newley's final album.

He lived with his partner Annie Whittaker in West Glamorgan in Wales, where his funeral will take place on March 17.

On March 20, there will be a service at Granborough Church, Bucks, to celebrate his life. The following day his ashes will be taken to Aylesbury Cemetery where he will be buried beside his mother and father.

The family have requested no flowers, but any donations would be gratefully received and should go to the Performing Right Society Members Fund, which helps out songwriters and musicians when they are in financial need and helps them to continue with their music.