Mikis Theodorakis, Greek Composer and Marxist Rebel, Dies at 96

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Mikis Theodorakis Death: Obituary,

Mikis Theodorakis, the famous Greek composer, and Marxist firebrand who waged a war of words against the Military Junta who imprisoned him, and who touched the lives of many, died on Thursday 1st of September 2021. He died at the age of 86.

He reportedly died at his home in central Athens, as confirmed by the Greek culture minister, Lina Mendoni.

He was hospitalized in recent years, mostly for heart health issues.

Background

Theodorakis’ started his prolific career at age 17 producing a hugely varied body of work that ranged from somber symphonies to popular television and the film scores for “Serpico” (1973) and “Zorba the Greek (1964).”

In the early 1970s, Theodorakis banned song was hummed by an Athens policeman who was challenged by a passer-by who said, “Officer, I’m surprised that you are humming Theodorakis.” It is ironic that the Officer eventually arrests the man on a charge of listening to Theodorakis’s music.

Mr. Theodorakis (pronounced thay-uh-doe-RAHK-is) was arrested for his ideals, his forbidden rebellious music was a reminder to his people of freedoms that had been lost because Contradictions were a way of life in Greece in the era of a junta.

Junta repressed thousands of political opponents during its rule, from 1967 to 1974.

In 1968, Theodorakis was released from prison into exile. That was when he began an international campaign of concerts and contacts with world leaders that helped topple the regime in Athens four years later. It was then a liberation for democracy, which brought about a new constitution and membership in the European Economic Community, which later became the European Union.

Tributes

Family, friends, fans, and followers are paying tributes to him across social media platforms.