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Tom Whitlock at the 1987 Oscars//Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

Tom Whitlock, who won a Best Song Oscar for co-writing the No. 1 smash ‘Take My Breath Away’ from Top Gun and also wrote the film’s other hit single “Danger Zone,” has died.

Whitlock passed away at 68 year old at a memory care facility in Tennessee, confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. Whitlock’s death comes after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease, friends of his confirmed to the Springfield News Leader. An official cause of death was not released.

Whitlock also contributed songs to several other films and amassed more than 100 songwriting credits during his career, including tunes done by Ray Charles, Bonnie Tyler and Graham Nash.

He is survived by his sister, Mary Whitlock Schweitzer; his former wife, Hollie Whitlock; and her daughter, Yohanna Sherman.