Award-Winning Composer Jóhann Jóhannsson Dies at 48

Jóhann Jóhannsson, one of the most in-demand score composers in Hollywood, died in Berlin on Friday at the age of 48. He was reportedly found dead in his apartment, and his death was confirmed by his manager, but the cause of death is currently unknown.

Jóhannsson, an Icelandic composer who often incorporated electronic sounds into his scores, received Grammy, Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations over the course of his celebrated career. He won a Golden Globe for his soundtrack to 2014 Stephen Hawking biopic The Throey of Everything and frequently collaborated with Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve, providing eerie, atmospheric scores for Prisoners, Sicario, and Arrival. He also consulted on Darren Aronofsky’s Mother! and composed scores for the upcoming Nicolas Cage film Mandy, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last month, as well as Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix’s Mary Magdalene.

The composer also maintained a career as a solo musician; and his latest album, Orphee, was released in 2016. In 2015, his piece entitled “Drone Man” and composed for string quartet, electronics, and vocal ensemble, premiered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Jóhannsson is survived by his parents, a daughter, and three sisters.

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