Dionne Warwick: Losing Hal David is like losing a family member

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 11: Songwriter Hal David greets singer Dionne Warwick at the 2002 NARAS Heroes Awards at the Roosevelt Hotel December 11, 2002 in New York City. (Photo by Matthew Peyton/Getty Images) Matthew Peyton

Songwriter Hal David greets singer Dionne Warwick at the 2002 NARAS Heroes Awards on Dec. 11, 2002, in New York.
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(CBS/AP) Dionne Warwick is comparing the death of lyricist Hal David to the loss of a relative.

The singer issued a statement Sunday after David died in Los Angeles at age 91.

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Warwick explained that she feels "as if I have lost another family member, but knowing I will always have him with me each time I sing the lyrics ... will continue to bring me a sense of him being with me always."

David partnered with composer Burt Bacharach on dozens of timeless hits sung by Warwick, including "What the World Needs Now is Love" and "I Say a Little Prayer."

Bacharach said in a statement that David's lyrics of "A House Is Not a Home" or "Alfie" are "as good as you can get."

Other celebrities have reached out on Twitter to mourn the songwriter:

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