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Italy: Oscar-winning composer 'Maestro' Morricone dies at 9105:40

Italy: Oscar-winning composer 'Maestro' Morricone dies at 91

Italy, Rome
July 6, 2020 at 15:21 GMT -00:00 · Published

Italian composer Ennio Morricone, famous for writing music for over 500 films in the past 40 years, has died in Rome at age 91 on Monday.

Morricone's lawyer, Giorgio Assumma, confirmed his passing outside the hospital where the composer had been hospitalised last week.

Assumma said funerals will be private following the composer's wishes, and read an obituary drafted by Morricone himself, in which he said farewell to his wife Maria, children, family and friends.

Dr Vincenzo Denaro, a family friend and one of his doctors, said Morricone died of post-surgery complications after fracturing his femur.

Asked about Morricone's last thoughts, Denaro said, "We were talking about the afterlife. He was a very much a believer, and he wondered with whom he would ally in Heaven, if with Mozart or Beethoven."

The 'Maestro', has he was known, won two Oscars, several Grammys, Golden Globes and BAFTAs, and dozens of other awards, and wrote iconic tunes to movies such as The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Over his decades-long career, he worked alongside film directors such as Sergio Leone, Quentin Tarantino and Brian de Palma.

Italy: Oscar-winning composer 'Maestro' Morricone dies at 9105:40
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Italian composer Ennio Morricone, famous for writing music for over 500 films in the past 40 years, has died in Rome at age 91 on Monday.

Morricone's lawyer, Giorgio Assumma, confirmed his passing outside the hospital where the composer had been hospitalised last week.

Assumma said funerals will be private following the composer's wishes, and read an obituary drafted by Morricone himself, in which he said farewell to his wife Maria, children, family and friends.

Dr Vincenzo Denaro, a family friend and one of his doctors, said Morricone died of post-surgery complications after fracturing his femur.

Asked about Morricone's last thoughts, Denaro said, "We were talking about the afterlife. He was a very much a believer, and he wondered with whom he would ally in Heaven, if with Mozart or Beethoven."

The 'Maestro', has he was known, won two Oscars, several Grammys, Golden Globes and BAFTAs, and dozens of other awards, and wrote iconic tunes to movies such as The Good, The Bad and the Ugly. Over his decades-long career, he worked alongside film directors such as Sergio Leone, Quentin Tarantino and Brian de Palma.

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