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Johann Johannsson, Composer Of Haunting Film Scores, Dead At 48

Johann Johannsson, Composer Of Haunting Film Scores, Dead At 48

Jóhann Jóhannsson, the Academy Award-nominated Icelander composer responsible for scoring Arrival, mother! and Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything, has passed away.

Johannsson was found dead Friday at his apartment in Berlin, where authorities were investigating the cause of death, said Tim Husom, his Los Angeles-based manager. His manager issued a statement, saying, "I'm so very sad".

The cause of death is now unknown and police are investigating the circumstances, according to his management company Redbird Music.

One of the most acclaimed composers of the past ten years, he was also the genius behind the score's for sci-fi masterpiece Arrival, for which he also received Golden Globe, BAFTA and Grammy nominations.




Voss said Johannsson is survived by a daughter in Copenhagen, Denmark and family in Iceland.

Johannsson co-founded Kitchen Motors, the influential Icelandic artist collective that also helped launch experimental rockers Sigur Ros, and in 2002 released his first album, "Englaborn", set to a theatrical piece.

Tributes have been pouring in from across the music and film industries.


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