Story: Jack Foley
WORLD-renowned composer, Michael Kamen - best known for his movie
soundtracks, as well as his work with Pink Floyd and Aerosmith
- has died of a suspected heart attack at his home in London.
Kamen, 55, was a prominent figure in the movie industry, having
won a number of accolades, and providing the inspiration for some
of the best-known musical scores and songs of recent years.
He regularly collaborated with Eric Clapton and jazz saxophonist,
David Sanborn, most notably on the Lethal Weapon series, and received
an Oscar nomination for his work on Bryan Adams song (Everything
I Do) I Do It For You, from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
The single enjoyed a prolonged stint at number one in the UK charts,
following its release.
Kamens most recent accolade came in 2001, when he won a
Grammy for his work on Metallica's song, The Call of Ktulu.
And he received a second Oscar nomination for another collaboration
with Bryan Adams, this time for the song, Have You Ever Really
Loved A Woman, from the Johnny Depp film, Don Juan DeMarco,
which co-starred Marlon Brando.
Kamen also worked on the orchestral arrangements for Pink Floyd's
seminal 1979 album, The Wall, as well as their albums,
The Final Cut and The Division Bell.
And he frequently teamed up with the London Philharmonic Orchestra,
as well as rock stars Sting, Rod Stewart and David Bowie.
He won a Grammy, in 1996, for best instrumental arrangement on
An American Symphony, which was inspired by his work on Richard
Dreyfuss' musical drama, Mr Holland's Opus.
The film so inspired Kamen, that he set up a charity to make
musical instruments available to children.
He leaves a wife and two children.