An up-and-coming composer whose work has only recently been celebrated has died at the early age of 48. Jóhann Jóhannsson was born in Iceland and scored his first mainstream film only five years ago. The composer has been nominated for two Oscars and two Golden Globes, winning one of the latter.
Jóhannsson’s most notable works include Prisoners, The Theory of Everything, Sicario, Lovesong, and Arrival. He also scored the Nicolas Cage film Mandy and the Colin Firth drama The Mercy to be released this year. The composer also had the Rooney Mara starring flick, Mary Magdalene listed on his credits to be released in 2018, though no word yet as to whether his score was completed.
Johannsson’s manager, Tim Husom, in a statement said, “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.”
Darren Aronofsky, whom Jóhannsson helped with on the director’s latest 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.”
Jóhannsson died Saturday morning in Berlin. There is not yet a cause of death.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter – “Johann Johannsson, Visionary Composer Behind ‘Sicario,’ Dies at 48“