The legendary Italian composer, Ennio Morricone, one of the most admired musicians of the world of cinema, died in Rome at age 91. The news was confirmed by the Italian press.
The musician was hospitalized in a clinic in the Italian capital after having suffered a fall that fractured his femur. Morricone passed away “on July 6 comforted by faith”he said in a statement Giorgio Assuma, the lawyer and friend of the family. He remained “totally lucid and with great dignity until the last moment,” he added in the message released to the press.
Renowned composer, Ennio made a prolific career in Hollywood and made the soundtracks for films like The good, the ugly and the bad, Cinema Paradiso and The mission. In 2016 he received his first Oscar, for the movie The Hateful Eight, by Quentin Tarantino. In 2007 he had already received an honorary Oscar for his vast musical career.
Just a few days ago, Morricone was awarded, along with composer John Williams, with the Princess of Asturias Award for Arts in Spain.
Ennio was born in Rome in 1928 and his passion for music was inherited from his trumpeter father, as well as his love for this instrument. He studied music at the prestigious Santa Cecilia. She came to join a formation with her father and played in hotels in Rome and neighborhoods for Italian troops, about the end of World War II.