Dionne Warwick mourns death of lyricist Hal David

US singer Dionne Warwick performs after getting her trophy for Category "Musical Lifetime Achievement" during the 47th Golden Camera award ceremony in Berlin, Germany, Saturday Feb. 4 , 2012. The award honours outstanding achievements in television, film, and entertainment. (AP Photo/Maurizio Gambarini,Pool)

September 3, 2012 6:02:36 AM PDT
Dionne Warwick is comparing the death of lyricist Hal David to the loss of a relative.

The pop diva issued a statement Sunday after David died Saturday in Los Angeles at age 91.

Warwick says 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."