Oscar-Winning Composer Ennio Morricone Dies At 91

Oscar-Winning Composer Ennio Morricone Dies At 91

Ennio Morricone, one of the world’s best-known and most prolific composers of film scores notably for spaghetti westerns, died in Rome on Monday at the age of 91.

Tributes poured in for the man who composed the music for about 500 films, including his old childhood friend Sergio Leone’s 1966 epic

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“The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” and Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” for which he finally won an Oscar in 2016.

Morricone died in hospital where he was being treated for a fractured femur following a fall,

according to a statement from lawyer and family friend Giorgio Assuma.

Morricone “passed away in the early hours of July 6 with the comfort of his faith”, the statement said.

He remained “fully lucid and with great dignity right until the end,” it added.

He was Born on November 10, 1928.

Morricone began composing at the tender age of six, and at just 10 he enrolled in trumpet school at the prestigious Saint-Cecilia conservatory in Rome.

He played in jazz bands throughout the 1940s before beginning to ghostwrite for film and theatre.

In 1961, at the age of 33, he collaborated with director Luciano Salce in “Mission Ultra-secrete”

before going on to gain fame with the score for “A Fistful of Dollars” starring Clint Eastwood in 1964.

Before winning the elusive Oscar for best film score at age 87 in 2016,

the Rome-born son of a trumpeter had been nominated no fewer than five times.

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