Legendary Oscar-Winning Composer Ennio Morricone Dies Aged 91

Legendary composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91 following complications after a fall broke his femur last week.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, he passed away today (Monday 6th July) at the Campus Bio-Medico hospital in Rome.

Composing the music for more than 400 movies and television shows, he is most renowned for his work on Sergio Leone’s spaghetti westerns, in particular The Good, The Bad And The Ugly which is considered to be one of the most influential soundtracks of all-time.


Morricone began his career as a trumpet player, turning to film composition in 1961, starting his collaboration with Leone in 1966 with the first Dollars Trilogy film.

He then went on to score the soundtracks for numerous films including Cinema Paradiso, The Thing, Bugsy, The Untouchables and many more.

First being nominated for an Academy Award in 1979 for his work on Days Of Haeven, he was given an honorary Oscar in 2007, before he won the golden gong for Best Original Score in 2016 with his score for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.

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