Theatre director, lyricist and Bob Dylan collaborator JACQUES LEVY has lost his battle with cancer. He was 69.

Levy was best known as the director of the controversial 1969 stage show OH! CALCUTTA! but he also teamed up with Dylan to pen seven songs on his hit DESIRE album.

One of Levy's songs is HURRICANE, Dylan's tribute to jailed boxer Reuben 'HURRICANE' CARTER.

Levy also co-wrote CHESTNUT MARE and JUST A SEASON with BYRDS star ROGER McGUINN.

08/10/2004 02:45