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Vangelis: Chariots Of Fire composer dies aged 79 | Ents & Arts News

Vangelis, composer of the Chariots Of Fire music – one of film’s most famous scores – has died aged 79.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted “Vangelis Papathanassiou is no longer among us”.

Media in the country said he had died on Wednesday in a French hospital.

Born Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, he also composed the music for many other films and TV shows, including Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner.

It was 1981’s Oscar-winning best film, Chariots Of Fire, that gave him his breakthrough.

He collected the statuette for best original score for the music accompanying the famous slow-motion running sequences.

Its opening piano lines and use of the synthesizer is instantly recognisable to millions of movie fans.

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