The Greece-born digital composer wrote the Academy Award-winning rating for “Chariots of Fire” and music for dozens of different motion pictures, documentaries and TV sequence.

The Greece-born digital composer wrote the Academy Award-winning rating for “Chariots of Fire” and music for dozens of different motion pictures, documentaries and TV sequence.

Vangelis, the Greece-born digital composer who wrote the Academy Award-winning rating for the movie “Chariots of Fire” and music for dozens of different motion pictures, documentaries and TV sequence, has died. He was 79.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and different authorities officers expressed their condolences Thursday. “Vangelis Papathanassiou is now not amongst us,” Mr. Mitsotakis tweeted.

Greek media reported that Vangelis died in a French hospital Wednesday.

Born Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou on March 29, 1943 close to the metropolis of Volos in central Greece, Vangelis began enjoying the piano at age 4, though he obtained no formal coaching and claimed he by no means realized to learn notes.

He performed in a number of bands and solo, however his big breakthrough got here with the rating for “Chariots of Fire,” a 1981 movie that instructed the story of two British runners in the Twenties. Vangelis’ rating obtained one of the 4 Academy Awards the movie received.

The signature piece is one of the hardest-to-forget film tunes worldwide — and has additionally served as the musical background to infinite slow-motion parodies.

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