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Italian Composer Ennio Morricone Dies Aged 91

Monday, 06 July 2020 Written by Laura Johnson

Ennio Morricone has died aged 91.

According to numerous reports, he passed away at a hospital in Rome following injuries sustained from a fall last week. 

The legendary Italian composer was well known for his work on Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy, among numerous other films, including Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight, for which he was awarded the 2016 Oscar for Best Original Score. He also took home the 2007 Honorary Academy Award.

Morricone sold more than 70 million records over the course of his prolific seven decade career. Since the news of his passing, there has been an outpouring of tributes, with fellow composer Hans Zimmer describing him to BBC Breakfast as "one of a kind" and "an icon."

In one of may tweets honouring Morricone, director Edgar Wright said: "Where to even begin with iconic composer Ennio Morricone? He could make an average movie into a must see, a good movie into art, and a great movie into legend. He hasn't been off my stereo my entire life. What a legacy of work he leaves behind. RIP."


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