Composer Ennio Morricone has died last night, according to Italian news agency Ansa. He was 91 years old at the time of his death.
Morricone died the night between Sunday and Monday in Rome as a result of an accident. According to Ansa, Morricone's femur would have broken after she fell a few days ago.
Morricone is perhaps the most significant film composer in history, receiving numerous personal awards and recognitions in his spectacular career. His music is also heard in more than 70 award-winning films. The works include the cult film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), whose music is considered one of the most influential in the history of film music.
The composer has won numerous awards for his compositions, e.g. three Grammy Awards, six Bafta Awards and three Golden Globe Awards, as well as dozens of industry awards. In addition, more than 70 million copies of his records have been sold worldwide.
Morricone was nominated for an Oscar for Best Film Music six times, but won it only in 2016 for The Hateful Eight, directed by Quentin Tarantino. He was the oldest Oscar winner in history at the time at the age of 88.
Ennio Morricone with his Oscar for Best Music in 2016.
Photo: Mike Blake
The composer had already won the Honorary Oscar for his life's work nine years earlier, in 2007. He has also been promoted to the Grammy Hall of Fame.
Morricone lived all his life in Italy and, despite his convincing career, never wanted to move to Hollywood. His wife Maria often wrote lyrics for her husband’s compositions. The couple had been married for over 60 years and they had three children.
Morricone continued his work in music until the last and began touring the world as a conductor. The Italian composer visited Finland in 2016. At that time, the 88-year-old musical genre was performing at the Hartwall-Arena at the time in November, leading many hundreds of musicians.
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