We’ve lost a big dude today.
The hardest-working man in movie scoring, Italian composer Ennio Morricone, has died at the age of 91 earlier today. He “died at dawn on July 6 within the comfort of faith,” lawyer and family friend Giorgio Assumma said in a statement later released by the Italian media. He remained “fully lucid and of great dignity until the very last moment,” the statement continued.
The Italian maestro died in a Roman clinic after a fall. He had broken his femur bone a few days ago, according to Italy’s news agency ANSA.
Born in Rome in 1928, Morricone became known in the early sixties, notably by composing scores for films by Sergio Leone, like “For a Fistful of Dollars” (1964), “The good, the bad and the ugly” (1966) and “Once upon a time in the West” (1968). Morricone’s IMDB page has inventoried no fewer than 520 credits.
In 2015, he scored the Tarantino film “The Hateful Eight,” which earned him his first Oscar, at the age of 87. In 2007 the Academy Awards handed him a Lifetime Award.
The world mourns the death of one of its greatest film composers, ever.