Vangelis, composer of ‘Chariots of Fire’ and ‘Blade Runner’ soundtracks, dead at 79

Vangelis, composer of ‘Chariots of Fire’ and ‘Blade Runner’ soundtracks, dead at 79

Vangelis, best known for the “Chariots of Fire’” and “Blade Runner” soundtracks, is dead. He was 79.

A rep for the composer told the Guardian that he died at a hospital in France. It is unknown what he was being treated for.

Born in Greece, Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou became more well known to the world as Vangelis. He went on to create the scores for “Antarctica,” “The Bounty” and “Alexander.”

But the “Chariots” theme song, which reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, became his most famous work and won him an Oscar in 1982.

The artist combined orchestral music, electronic synth sounds, jazz and ambient music that mimicked the sound of ocean waves as Olympic runners featured in the film pranced down the beach.

Greek composer of electronic music, Vangelis, 28th January 1976.
Composer Vangelis died in a hospital in France, his rep told the Guardian.
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Vangelis poses at his apartment in Paris on June 9, 1991.
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Vangelis, surrounded by equipment at a venue, on Jan. 18, 1976.
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