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Jean Lloyd Webber, Mother Of Musical Composer Andrew, Is Dead

December 8, 1993 GMT

LONDON (AP) _ Jean Lloyd Webber, the mother of musical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, has died of cancer. She was 70.

Peter Brown, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s spokesman, announced that she died Tuesday in London. Brown, speaking from Los Angeles, said: ″She left instructions that neither of her sons cancel any of their commitments as a result of her death.″

Andrew Lloyd Webber was in Los Angeles for the opening of his musical ″Sunset Boulevard.″

Jean Hermione Johnstone was a music student when she met church choir master William Lloyd Webber. The couple’s first child, Andrew, was born on March 22, 1948. Their second, Julian, a cellist, was born April 14, 1951.

Mrs. Lloyd Webber, who became a piano teacher with many gifted students, taught Andrew to play the piano and a violin but realized he was not especially good at either.

Later, Andrew came increasingly under the influence of Mrs. Lloyd Webber’s sister, retired actress Viola Johnstone.

Viola passed on to the Andrew her love of the theater and took him to see the big American musicals of the day like ″The King and I″ and ″South Pacific″ when they came to London.

Mrs. Lloyd Webber’s husband became a professor at London’s Royal College of Music and the director of the London College of Music. He also played the organ. He died in 1982.

Mrs. Lloyd Webber and her husband lived in an apartment block in central London’s South Kensington district.

Brown said Mrs. Lloyd Webber had given instructions that her body be left to medical research.

He said arrangements for her funeral would be announced later. He gave no other details about her death.