The news of the passing of Oscar-winning music composer, Vangelis Papathanasiou shocked artists and fans throughout the world.
The Greek composer passed away in the evening hours of Tuesday 17th of May, aged 79. He was being treated for CoViD-19 at a hospital in France.
Among the thousands of celebrities who paid tribute to Vangelis, was Tesla and SpaceX founder and billionaire, Elon Musk.
Musk, who recently became the owner of Twitter, paid tribute to the great composer, tweeting:
“Good night, sweet maestro, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.”
Good night, sweet maestro, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest pic.twitter.com/sqiY8iHS41
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 19, 2022
Vangelis became one of the most famous music writers in the world throughout his lifetime, particularly in the field of movies, where he composed the scores for major films such as Chariots of Fire and Blade Runner. The soundtrack to Chariots of Fire remains one of the most well-known and critically acclaimed movie soundtracks in history.
He was born in the Greek town of Agria in Thessaly but grew up in Athens and held a strong interest in music from a very young age, composing short pieces from the age of 4. This was in spite of the fact that Vangelis did not have formal musical training, and would never study music academically at any point during his life.