Italian composer Ennio Morricone, whose career in film spanned six decades and hundreds of films has passed away at age 91.
Morricone’s lawyer Giorgio Assumma announced the Oscar-winner’s death in a statement on Monday. Morricone died in Rome in the early morning hours of July 6 “with the comfort of faith.” Assumma also said that Marricone was “preserved until the final moment full lucidity and great dignity.” The composer passed away following complications from a broken femur he suffered last week.
“He said goodbye to his beloved wife Maria, who accompanied him with dedication in every moment of his human and professional life and was close to him until his final breath, and thanked his children and grandchildren for the love and care they have given him. He gave a touching remembrance to his audience, whose affectionate support always enabled him to draw strength for his creativity.”
Morricone, who was born in Rome on Nov. 10, 1928, leaves behind a stunning portfolio and legacy. Known as “The Maestro,” he composed the scores to over 500 films. Some of his most famous works were attached to the films of his childhood friend, director Sergio Leone. Notable collaborations between the two include
But Morricone’s career covered all genres of film and many other notable filmmakers. He also wrote the music for movies like
He also received Oscar nominations in 1979 (
And yet, the greatest testament to his brilliance might be all of the movies