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Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has died aged 48

The world mourns the loss of a true creative visionary

  • Jasmine Kent-Smith
  • 11 February 2018

Beloved composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has passed away aged just 48.

Jóhannsson died on Friday in Berlin, Germany. His death was confirmed by his manager Tim Husom, but at this time his cause of death remains unknown.

The Icelandic composer was loved and respected well beyond the realms of music and film, with his scores for the likes of Prisoners, Arrival, Sicario, and The Theory of Everything cementing his reputation as one of this generation’s finest talents. He was nominated Academy Awards for the latter two films, with additional nomination nods from the likes of the Grammys, the BAFTA’s and the Golden Globes.

Since Jóhannsson’s passing, Husom issued a statement citing, "I'm so very sad. Today, I lost my friend who was one of the most talented musicians and intelligent people I knew. We came a long way together."

Likewise, director Darren Aronofsky, who worked with Jóhannsson on 2017 hit film mother! said “Johann was a gentleman. He was a brilliant collaborator with a wholly unique approach to sound and music. This is a terrible loss.”

Other artists and peers have taken to social media to remember the esteemed, visionary composer.

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