1980's Composer Vangelis Has Died Aged 79

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The Chariots Of Fire And Blade Runner Composer Passed Away In Hospital After Suffering From Heart Problems

The late 20th century Greek composer Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou, more commonly known by his stage name Vangelis, has died aged 79 from heart failure whilst receiving treatment for a heart condition in a French hospital.

Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis shared the news with the Greek public and the world stating: “Evangelos Papathanassiou is no longer with us, the world of music has lost the international artist known by many as Vangelis”.

Vangelis's career started in the 1960s, though the future Oscar and BAFTA winner initially only found minor success going into the 1970s.

But later the inspiring composer gained popularity in the early 1980s with his scores for movies like 1981's Chariots of Fire and Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runneer, he also did the music for Carl Sagan's TV show Cosmos which is now hosted by the astrophysicist and good friend of the late Sagan: Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Though the composer has other works besides his more universally known contributions.

He's also credited for the soundtracks of 1984's The Bounty, 1992's Bitter Moon and 1492: Conquest of Paradise, 2004's Alexander, 2018's Missing, and 2020's Francesco (The last film soundtrack the late musician contributed for before he died).

Vangelis's last studio album, Juno to Jupiter, has sold just over 1 Million copies.