'Theory of Everything' composer Jóhann Jóhannsson dead at 48

Jóhann Jóhannsson, an Oscar-nominated composer for films such as “Sicario,” “Arrival” and “The Theory of Everything,” was found dead in his Berlin apartment Friday.

He was 48.

The composer’s management team confirmed the news on the late artist’s Facebook page, but did not reveal his cause of death.

“It is with profound sadness that we confirm the passing of our dear friend Jóhann,” the post by Redbird Music Management read. “We have lost one of the most talented and brilliant people who we had the privilege of knowing and working with. May his music continue to inspire us.”

Tim Husom, the musician’s manager, told Variety that Berlin authorities are investigating and will perform an autopsy to determine cause of death.


Felicity Jones stars as Jane Wilde and Eddie Redmayne stars as Stephen Hawking in Academy Award winner James Marsh’s “The Theory of Everything.” The film’s score was composed by Johann Johannsson.

(Liam Daniel/Focus Features)

The Icelandic-born composer received consistent praise for his work, including some of the biggest award nominations in film and music.

He won the Golden Globe for scoring the 2014 film “The Theory of Everything” — he also received noms for the Oscar, BAFTA and Grammy for the same composition.

He received a second Oscar nomination for 2015’s “Sicario” and Golden Globe, BAFTA and Grammy nominations for his music for “Arrival” in 2016.

Jóhannsson began composing in Iceland in 2000, Variety reported, and his first widely used score was in Denis Villeneuve’s “Prisoners” in 2013. His relationship with Villleneuve continued on both “Sicario” and “Arrival.”

His joint composition made up of a string quartet, electronics and vocal ensemble titled “Drone Man,” debuted at the Metropolitan Musuem of Art in 2015.

Jóhannsson also had a personal solo musical career releasing five albums beginning in 2002, with the most recent being “Orphee” in 2016.

His agency Gorfaine-Schwartz said their client “enriched our lives immeasurably.”

“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,” the statement obtained by Variety read.

“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.”

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