Vangelis Papathanassiou dead at 79

19 May 2022
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Greek composer Vangelis, who was known for his celebrated film themes for Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner, has died at the age of 79.

He won an Oscar for the stirring score to 1981's Chariots of Fire.
Vangelis was nominated for a Golden Globe and Bafta for his score on Sir Ridley Scott's science fiction thriller, Blade Runner.
Vangelis's other film credits included The Bounty, Francesco, Bitter Moon, 1492: Conquest of Paradise and Alexander.
Vangelis first tasted fame as the keyboardist in the band APHRODITE'S CHILD with singer Demis Roussos in the late 1960s.
He went on to be an acclaimed and ground-breaking electronic solo artist beyond his work in film, making his most recent albums with record company, Decca Label Group.