WASHINGTON (AFP): US poet, songwriter and singer Rod McKuen, a multiple Academy Award nominee, has died at the age of 81, US media reported. McKuen died Thursday in Los Angeles of respiratory arrest after suffering from pneumonia, friend and producer Jim Pierson said, according to the Los Angeles Times. His work included the Academy Award-nominated song ‘Jean’ for the 1969 film ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie’ and he was nominated for an Oscar again in 1971 for his work on the animated film ‘A Boy Named Charlie Brown.’

McKuen was a prolific composer, working with artists such as Johnny Cash, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra.