Ennio Morricone, Oscar-winning Composer, Dead At 91

Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone died at the age of 91.

Ennio Morricone, an Oscar-winning composer who became one of the world’s most prolific and best-known film composers, died at the age of 91.

Citing a statement from Morricone’s lawyer, media reports said that Morricone on Monday died in hospital in Rome wherein he was being treated for his fractured femur following a fall.

Ennio Morricone
Ennio Morricone | Photo from AFP News

Giorgio Assuma, Morricone’s lawyer and a family friend, said in a statement that Morricone died in the early hours of Monday “with the comfort of his faith”, adding that he remained “fully lucid and with great dignity” right until his last breath.

Following Morricone’s death, Italian Health Minister Roberto Speranza wrote in a tweet saying “Adieu maestro” (Farewell master) and thanked him for the emotions he gave to them.

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Morricone was known for composing music for more or less 500 films — including Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” and Sergio Leone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.

Before winning the best film score in the 2016 Oscar Awards, he had been previously nominated at least five times before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and presented him with a lifetime achievement award last 2007.

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