Vangelis, Composer of ‘Chariots of Fire’ Score, Dies at 79

Vangelis, the Greek composer whose powerful electronic theme song for the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire became one of the most loved film scores, has passed away at 79. The law firm representing the composer said he passed away late on Tuesday, without giving the reason for his death. The composer scored music for films like Blade Runner and Alexander over a very long career.

Vangelis won the Oscar for his Chariots of Fire score in 1982 and was reverred globally as one of the pioneers of electronic music. In a post on Twitter, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called  Vangelis “a pioneer of the electronic sound.” He wrote, “He began his long journey on the Chariots of Fire. From there he will always send us his notes. ”

“Ad astra, Vangelis”–Latin for “to the stars”–tweeted NASA, saying Vangelis contributed scores to its explorations to Jupiter.

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