Harvey Fierstein, who wrote the book of "La Cage aux Folles," tweeted a tribute to Herman on Friday. "We lost one of the greats," Fierstein tweeted.
Born in New York City on July 10, 1931, Herman was raised in Jersey City, New Jersey, The New York Times reported. He learned how to play the piano while his parents ran a children's summer camp at Stissing Lake Camp in the Catskills, the newspaper reported.
Herman graduated from the University of Miami, and made his Broadway debut in 1960 in the review, “From A to Z."
"He wrote for his mother,” “Hello, Dolly!” star Carol Channing said in a 2008 PBS documentary, “Words and Music by Jerry Herman.” “He’s written the most marvelous women’s parts for musicals that anyone ever wrote, because he wrote them for someone he loved dearly.”