Norman Lear Exits the TV Theme Songs He Made Famous – Deadline

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Norman Lear’s son-in-law has revealed he was being entertained by the theme songs of his television life when he passed away.

Dr. Jonathan LaPook, Lear’s son-in-law and chief medical correspondent for CBS News, said Lear’s family was with him and ensured a “soft landing for the plane.”

Lear, creator of The Jeffersons, Maude, One Day at a Time, All in the Family, More died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 101.

“The family was gathered around the bed, he was very comfortable and resting peacefully, and we did what we knew he wanted us to do,” LaPook told TODAY. cbs morning, “We were singing songs les mis, Which he loved very much, and also some songs from his TV show.”

when they came to the topic jefferson, Lapuk said he was overcome with emotion. “You never know when these moments will come your way,” he said. “I kind of put it together, [but] Then we were singing ‘Movin’ On Up to the East Side’ and I heard myself say, ‘To a deluxe apartment in the sky,’ I lost it. Because he’s going to some deluxe apartment in the sky.

Regarding that “soft landing,” LaPook said, “We wanted her landing to be gentle and not cause her any pain. If you say to anyone over the age of 40, ‘How do you want to die?’ [they would probably say,] ‘At 101 years old, surrounded by loved ones, singing and laughing with them and in no pain,’ and that’s exactly what happened. He had this expression: ‘Over and next.’ When something’s over, it’s over, and it’s on to ‘next’.”

“This is the best definition of living in the moment,” LaPook added.

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