Jóhann Jóhannsson, Academy Award-Nominated Composer, Dies at 48

Academy Award-nominated composer Jóhan Jóhannsson died Friday at age 48, according to a statement issued by his publicists.

Jóhannsson’s death was confirmed by his manager Tim Husom. The cause of death has not been reported.

Husom said in a 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.”

His agency, The Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency said:

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our client and dear friend Jóhann Jóhannsson, whose great talent, humility and kindness enriched our lives immeasurably. His music has inspired many new generations of filmmakers and composers. He will be so greatly missed by his Gorfaine/Schwartz family as well as the entire film music community.”

The Icelandic-born composer started his career in 2000 with “The Icelandic Dream” and “Plan B.” He wrote scores for a number of short films and documentaries. And then his career skyrocketed when he joined Denis Villeneuve’s 2013 mystery, “Prisoners.”

Jóhannsson received his first Academy Award nomination the next year for the Stephen Hawking biopic, “The Theory of Everything.” He followed that up the next year with another nomination for Villeneuve’s “Sicario.” He also received Golden Globe nominations for both, winning for “The Theory of Everything.”

He scored 2016’s Best Picture nominee “Arrival,” and has three films coming this year. His final project, “Mary Magdelene,” which will be in theaters next month.

Jóhann Jóhannsson is survived by his parents, sister, and a daughter.