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.