Lan Hawkshaw, who composed the theme tunes for the iconic TV show Grange Hill and Countdown Has died at the age of 84.
Hawkshaw died early Saturday after being hospitalized with pneumonia earlier this week, talent agency DNA Music Ltd said in a statement.
He had spent the last few months recovering from his fourth stroke, which he suffered in July.
Hawkshaw has been called “one of the most sampled musicians in the world”, adding: “Alan Grange Hill was behind such incredible theme tunes as Channel 4 News, Countdown, Dave Allen at Large, and Arthur C. . Some.
We spent the last few hours looking at each other lovingly, holding hands, no need for words
“If you don’t know Alan’s name we can guarantee – you’ll know his matchless music.”
Hawkshaw’s wife, Christian, described his death as “heartbreaking”.
She said: “We spent the last few hours loving each other, holding hands, with no need for words. I told him that he and I were forever, and even though he and I had been unable to talk for the past two months, he still managed something ‘forever’ and I knew he was at peace.
The Leeds-born musician wrote music for “over 35 films and countless television programmes”, according to his website.
Hawkshaw began his career in the 1960s as a member of the band Emil Ford & the Checkmates, which toured with The Rolling Stones.
He served as Newton-John’s music director and arranger/pianist in the 1970s, and received an Academy Award for Best Arrangement for the song I Really Love You.
He was also sampled on the hit Jay-Z song Prey, which was featured on the rapper’s American Gangster album.
In 2004, he founded The Alan Hawkshaw Foundation in collaboration with the Performing Rights Society.
Scholarship Program Provides Financial Aid to Talented Young Musicians Leeds The College of Music, now the Leeds Conservatoire, and the National School of Film and Television.
Earlier this year, Hawkshaw got a British Empire Medal To serve the music industry.