Oscar-winning Italian composer Ennio Morricone dies at age 91

Oscar-winning Italian film composer dies aged 91. Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer whose credits include the "spaghetti" Westerns that made Clint Eastwood a star, has died in Rome aged 91. He started as a talented football player for A.S. Roma but left the sport to follow his passion for music.

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Ennio Morricone, the Oscar winner Italian film composer, dies aged 91, who won an Oscar for his work on Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, died in Rome due to complications following a fall, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, he died in hospital having fractured his femur in a fall some days ago.

Marricone has more than 500 scoring credits to his name backed everything from spaghetti westerns to romance, horror and sci-fi films and worked on iconic films including The Thing, Once Upon a Time in the West and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, as well television shows such as The Simpsons and The Sopranos.

Italian composer Ennio Morricone dies at age 91

Having received an honorary Oscar in 2007, he went on to win one in 2016 for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight.

Morricone had broken his femur days ago and died during the night in a clinic in Rome. His death was confirmed by his lawyer, Giorgio Assumma.

In a statement, Assumma said that the composer “died at dawn on 6 July in Rome with the comfort of faith. He preserved until the final moment full lucidity and great dignity.”

“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.”

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Ennio Morricone was born in Rome, the son of Libera Ridolfi and Mario Morricone, a musician, He started as a talented football player for A.S. Roma but left the sport to follow his passion for music.

1Morricone’s best-known compositions include “The Ecstasy of Gold”, “Se Telefonando”, “Man with a Harmonica”, “Here’s to You”, the UK No. 2 single “Chi Mai”, “Gabriel’s Oboe” and “E Più Ti Penso”. In 1971, he received a “Targa d’Oro” for worldwide sales of 22 million, and by 2016 Morricone had sold over 70 million records worldwide.

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