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Film composer, Michael Kamen, dies


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.

Kamen’s 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.

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