‘Golden Girls’ Theme Song Writer Andrew Gold Dies

The singer-songwriter, 59, who succumbed to a heart attack last week, also penned the theme for the classic 90s NBC sitcom "Mad About You."

Singer-songwriter Andrew Gold, best known for penning the 1977 hit “Lonely Boy” and The Golden Girls TV theme song, died Friday of a heart attack in Los Angeles.

He was 59.

He had been undergoing cancer treatment but was responding well to treatment, The Los Angeles Times reported.

Born Andrew Maurice Gold, he began writing songs at age 13. Throughout his career, he collaborated with everyone from Art Garfunkel to Celine Dion. He released four solo albums during the 1970s.

But his most recognized work seems to be “Lonely Boy," which has been featured in films like Boogie Nights and Water Boy, and the Golden Girls theme, which includes the classic line, “Thank you for Being a Friend." In the 1990s he also recorded the theme song for the NBC sitcom Mad About You.

His last release was 2008's Copy Cat, which featured covers of mostly Beatles tunes.

Gold is survived by his wife, three daughters and his mother, Marni Nixon, a singing voice double for actresses, including Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady.