- Title: "I, Ennio Morricone, am dead" Italian composer leaves own obituary
- Date: 6th July 2020
- Summary: ROME, ITALY (JULY 6, 2020) (REUTERS) LAWYER FOR ENNIO MORRICONE, GIORGIO ASSUMMA SURROUNDED BY MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) LAWYER GIORGIO ASSUMMA SAYING: "I had the sad and bitter task this morning to give the notice via the news agencies of the death of Ennio Morricone with whom I was closely attached to in affection and admiration. He wanted to have a strictly private funeral. The family has still not decided where this will take place or when. But I have been authorised to read you an obituary that Ennio wrote by his own hand. 'I, Ennio Morricone, am dead. I announce it like this to all my friends who have always been close to me and also to those who are distant, who I greet with great affection.'" VARIOUS OF ASSUMMA SHOWING THE OBITUARY THAT MORRICONE HAD WRITTEN VARIOUS OF ASSUMMA WALKING INTO CLINIC VARIOUS OF CLINIC
- Embargoed: 20th July 2020 14:03
- Keywords: Ennio Morricone Italy composer music spaghetti westerns
- Location: ROME, ITALY
- City: ROME, ITALY
- Country: Italy
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA001CLO9T8N
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- Story Text: Ennio Morricone, the Oscar-winning Italian composer whose haunting scores to Spaghetti Westerns like "A Fistful of Dollars" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" helped define a cinematic era, died on Monday (July 6). He was 91.
Morricone broke his femur 10 days ago and died at dawn in the Campus Biomedico clinic in Rome, his lawyer Giorgio Assumma told Reuters.
Outside the clinic, Assumma handed reporters a death notice written by the composer himself, beginning "I, Ennio Morricone, am dead."
In a moving one-page text, Morricone thanked his close friends and family for their companionship, naming his children and grandchildren and saying "I hope they understand how much I loved them."
He dedicated "the most painful goodbye" to his wife Maria Travia, whom he married in 1956, saying "to her I renew the extraordinary love that bound us together and that I am sorry to abandon."
He said he wanted a private funeral because "I don't want to disturb."
(Gabriele Pileri, Eleanor Biles)
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