Oscar winning composer John Barry has died of a heart attack at the age of 77. Barry, who was awarded five Oscars for his acclaimed soundtracks for films including probably the greatest soundtrack ever created: Dances with Wolves and Out of Africa died Sunday in New York."It's terribly, terribly sad. He was the most wonderful man. It's just so sudden, but he was very frail. It was an honour to represent him," said Barry’s agent, Lynda Mamy.
Fellow composer David Arnold wrote on Twitter, “It was with a heavy heart that I tell you John Barry passed away this morning. "I am profoundly saddened by the news but profoundly thankful for everything he did for music and for me personally.” Barry was brought up in York, where he attended a Catholic convent school and was encouraged with his musical gifts by the organist of the city's Minster. The Composer never won any awards for his work on his James Bond films, despite writing the title tracks for Goldfinger, From Russia With Love and You Only Live Twice. His movie career perfectly reflected his family's interests, his father was a cinema owner and his mother a classical pianist. Put simply Barry was a genius and cinema has lost a favored son. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Laurie, four children and five grandchildren.