Published Feb 10, 2018Celebrated Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has died. The exact details of his death are so far unclear, but he passed away on Friday (February 9) in Berlin, his manager confirmed. Jóhannsson was 48.
Jóhannsson had a prolific career, working both in the world of film and via his own solo albums. He won a Golden Globe for his 2014 score for The Theory of Everything, as well as received an Oscar nomination for his musical work on the film.
Jóhannsson is also known for his soundtrack work for Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, scoring the director's Sicario, Prisoners and Arrival. Jóhannsson was also set to score Villeneuve's most recent film, Blade Runner 2049, but eventually parted ways with the project.
Outside soundtrack work, Jóhannsson's most recent album was 2016's Orphée. Over the years, he released a long string of solo efforts for the likes of 4AD, Touch and Deutsche Grammophon.
Tim Husom, Jóhannsson's manager provided the following statement: "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."
The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency added: "We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our client and dear friend Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose great talent, humility and kindness enriched our lives immeasurably. His music has inspired many new generations of filmmakers and composers. He will be so greatly missed by his Gorfaine/Schwartz family as well as the entire film music community."
As recently reported, the composer is set to appear on the upcoming Ryuichi Sakamoto remix album Async Remodels, which is due out digitally and on CD through Milan Records on February 16. A vinyl version arrives March 2.