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Legendary music icon and Oscar-winning composer dies aged 79

Vangelis, the legendary Greek Oscar-winning composer and music icon, has died aged 79

Legendary Oscar-winning composer and world-renowned music icon Vangelis was confirmed by his representatives to have passed away today, Thursday May 19. No cause of death has been revealed for the 79-year-old Greek national, who is believed to have died in a French hospital.

He will be remembered for some of the stunning film themes he composed. These include his 1981 Oscar-winning Best Original Score for the epic “Chariots Of Fire.” Vangelis was also responsible for composing the music for “The Bounty” and the original “Blade Runner”, for Ridley Scott’s epic 1982 sci-fi film starring Harrison Ford.

In 1967, Vangelis was one of the Greek musicians who formed the progressive rock group Aphrodite’s Child, whose album ‘666’, released in 1972, is recognized as a classic of psychedelic progressive rock. Among the band members was another future music legend, Demis Roussos.

Recognized as one of the precursors of electronic music, Vangelis has composed and played on more than 50 albums. In the early 1980s, he formed a formidable partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of the progressive rock band Yes. This came after he was considered the 1974 replacement for keyboard genius Rick Wakeman, who left Yes.

As a duo, Jon & Vangelis released four albums between 1980 and 1991. This culminated in the worldwide hit “I’ll Find My Way Home”, in 1982.

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