Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone dead at 91

Ennio Morricone, one of the world’s best-known and most prolific film composers, Passed away in Rome last Monday at the age of 91. Tributes began pouring in for the maestro soon after his death was announced.

Ennio Morricone composed the music for about 500 films, including his old childhood friend Sergio Leone’s masterpiece 1966 spaghetti western “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” for which Morricone finally won an Oscar in 2016.

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Morricone passed away in the hospital where Morricone was being treated for a fractured femur following a fall, according to a statement from Morricone’s lawyer and family friend Giorgio Assume.

Morricone “passed away in the early hours of July 6 with the comfort of his faith”, the statement stated.

“He remained fully lucid and with great dignity right until the end,” it added.

Born on November 10, 1928, Morricone began composing music at the tender age of only six. During his career, Morricone worked with some of Hollywood’s most acclaimed filmmakers as well as arthouse directors. He will be remembered always.

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