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Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto dies

Feb 27, 2023

Ryuichi Sakamoto dies

Ryuichi Sakamoto, the Oscar-winning Japanese composer famed for his scores for “The Last Emperor”, “Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence” and other epic films, has died aged 71.

Sakamoto was also known for his acting, and for his work with the pioneering electronic music band Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) which he co-founded.

“He lived with music until the very end,” Avex, the recording company he worked with, said on its website. He had been suffering from cancer, but kept working in his home studio whenever his health allowed, the statement added.

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