Famous Oscar-winning Italian film composer Ennio Morricone dies aged 91
Ennio Morricone, the famous Italian composer whose credits include the “spaghetti” Westerns that made Clint Eastwood a star, has died in Rome Italy at the age of 91.
As per the Italian broadcasting agency Ansa, he died in hospital having fractured his femur in a fall some days ago.
The prolific composer also wrote music for Once Upon a Time in America, The Untouchables and Cinema Paradiso.
Having received an honorary Oscar in 2007, he went on to win one in 2016 for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.
Morricone, who was simply known as “Maestro” in his home town of Rome, composed not less than 500 films over seven decades.
His death was disclosed by Italian health minister Roberto Speranza, who tweeted: “Adieu maestro, and thank you for the emotions you gave us.”
Speaking on BBC Breakfast on Monday, fellow composer Hans Zimmer said Morricone was “one of a kind” and “an icon”.
“His music was always outstanding and done with great emotional fortitude and great intellectual thought,” he continued.