Tragic news as it’s been reported by Deadline that composer Jóhann Jóhannsson has died in Berlin. He was 48 years old. No cause of death has yet been determined.
Jóhannsson has been composing since 2000’s The Icelandic Dream but it was his work in the past few years that have catapulted him into great success and recognition. His score for 2014’s The Theory of Everything was nominated for an Academy Award, as was his music for Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario, which has been hailed for its ability at creating a tense atmosphere. Jóhannsson was supposed to score Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 but bowed out after the director chose to go a different route. Jóhannsson’s contract forbade him from explaining his side of the story. The upcoming action/thriller Mandy, starring Nicolas Cage, was scored by Jóhannsson.
Jóhannsson’s manager Tim Husom released this 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.”
Jóhannsson leaves behind a mother, his sisters, and a daughter. We send our deepest condolences to his family in this incredibly sad time.