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Angelo Badalamenti, the acclaimed Twin Peaks composer has died at the age of 85.
It has been reported that the award-winning musican died of natural causes on Sunday (December 11) surrounded by family at his home in Lincoln Park, New Jersey.
He famously composed the theme music for ABC’s Twin Peaks, NBC’s Profiler and Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio.
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For the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, his Torch Theme which played during the opening ceremony accompanied an archer’s flaming arrow that ignited the Olympic cauldron.
The composer’s death was confirmed by his family in a statement, who said: “My great uncle Angelo Badalamenti has crossed the barrier onto another plane of existence.
“Between his work on Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Cabin Fever, Nightmare On Elm Street 3 and a plethora of others, plus his relationships & collaborations with David Bowie, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Nina Simone, Julee Cruise, Isabella Rosselini, Dolores O’Riordan, Anthrax, Dokken, Eli Roth and especially David Lynch, he has always been the most interesting man in the world to me.”
The statement continued, adding that he was an “inspiration” and will be “truly missed.”
“A true musical and artistic inspiration for me and countless others.
“Stayed true to his roots and family, never leaving North Jersey for LA. Not to mention the casual but mind blowing true stories from his life he never ran out of. He will truly be missed by many.”
Born in Brooklyn, New York in March 1937, Badalamenti, went on to receive a Grammy Award for best pop instrumental performance for his Twin Peaks theme in 1990.
He was one of David Lynch’s closest collaborators and also worked with him on projects such as Wild at Heart and Mulholland Drive.
Outside of his work with Lynch, Badalamenti scored films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and The Wicker Man.
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Badalamenti also made plenty of impact outside of film and television.
He collaborated with David Bowie on a version of “A Foggy Day (in London Town)” for the Red Hot Organisation’s George Gershwin tribute album in 1998 and arranged orchestration for Pet Shop Boys on 1987’s It Couldn’t Happen Here and 1990’s This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave and Only the Wind.
In 1995, Badalamenti produced, composed, and performed on Marianne Faithfull’s album A Secret Life.
The news comes after Twin Peaks Actor Al Strobel best known for his role as Philip Michael Gerard – aka the One-Armed Man – died at the age of 83, earlier this year.
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