Mikis Theodorakis, composer of ‘Zorba the Greek’, dies; How did he die?

Mikis Theodorakis passed away on Thursday at his home in Athens. He is one of the famous Greek composers of “Zorba the Greek”, “Z” and “Serpico”. He is one of the most politically active composers of the 20th century.

A portly, good-looking man with wavy hair, he evokes a progressive and democratic worldview, though his political struggles reflect a dark side of Greece that visitors rarely see.

The reason behind death

According to the official website, they specified that the cause of death was due to cardiopulmonary arrest. “Today we lost a part of the soul of Greece,” Lina Mendoni, Greece’s Minister of Culture, tweeted on Twitter. “Mikis Theodorakis, Mikis’s teacher, smart, progressive, our Mikis is gone.”

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced three National Days of Mourning. Katerina Sakellaropoulou, president of The Greek, called him a “Panhellenic personality…a universal artist, an invaluable asset to our musical culture.”

Mikis Theodorakis: Journey.

He was born on the Greek island of Chios on July 29, 1925.

Theodorakis served as MP. He also resisted the Nazi occupation of Greece during World War II. Later, he was also listed as the leading figure in opposition to military rule in Greece between 1967 and 1974.

He was arrested in 1947 accused of sympathizing with the guerrillas during the civil war that broke out shortly after World War II between right-wing royalists and left-wing populists.

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Mikis Theodorakis, composer of 'Zorba the Greek', dies; How did he die?

In February 1964, he was elected to the Lambrakis seat. When the military junta came to power in April 1967, he went underground, working against the coup.

Mikis Theodorakis returned to parliament in 1989 for the Conservatives, which was led by Constantin Mitsotakis. Constantin is the father of the current prime minister.

In the last years of his life, he remained a political activist, criticizing the harsh reforms imposed on Greece in connection with the financial aid packages from 2010 to 2015.

Connection with the Music Industry.

The Greek Zorba tells the story of an English writer in Crete, whose life changed when he met the gregarious farmer Alexis Zorba.

The sight of Zorba dancing barefoot on the beach has become commonplace in Greek culture. This theme song won the award of three Oscars. It remains perhaps the most popular Greek soundtrack more than half a century later.

Theodorakis also wrote the film’s soundtrack “serpico” (1973) and a song cycle entitled “The Mauthausen Trilogy” with lyrics based on poems by a concentration camp survivor.

Antoni’s song from this part became popular among Afghans. And this was sung in 2001 by the residents of Kabul. They greeted Northern Alliance troops as they entered the city and drove out the Taliban.

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