Composer who wrote Who Wants to be a Millionaire? theme tune dies

Award-winning composer who wrote Who Wants to be a Millionaire? theme tune dies ‘suddenly’ at home aged 50

  • Matthew Strachan, 50, was reportedly found dead at his home in Twickenham
  • Friends said the composer passed away suddenly today and was found by police
  • He won 12 awards during his career, including 10 for the famous theme song

An award winning composer who wrote the Who Wants to be a Millionaire? theme tune has died ‘suddenly’ at home aged 50. 

He wrote the theme tune for Who Wants to be a Millionaire? alongside father Keith in 1998 and went on to win 12 awards for his music, including 10 for the show’s soundtrack. 

Strachan’s body was found by paramedics who were called to a residential address at Chudleigh Road, Twickenham, around 11:03am.  

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: ‘We sent an ambulance crew, two medics in cars, and a hazardous area response team. Sadly, a person died at the scene.’  

Award-winning composer Matthew Strachan who wrote the Who Wants to be a Millionaire? theme tune has died ‘suddenly’ at home aged 50

Scotland Yard said Strachan was declared dead at the scene and that the sudden passing was not being treated as suspicious.  

The West London Coroner said they had opened an investigation into the composer’s death.  

‘A post mortem has taken place and we are awaiting toxicology and histology results. Once we have the results the pathologist will be able to finalise their report and hopefully ascertain the cause of death,’ they said in a statement. 

Strachan’s father Keith told the BBC his son was ‘loved by his family and he will be sadly missed. He was a warn, funny and talented human being’. 

Strachan was found dead in his home by paramedics who were called to a residential address at Chudleigh Road, Twickenham, around 11:03am

Tributes flooded in for the British composer most famous for Who Wants to be a Millionaire? but has also created music for other programmes including Question Time.  

Fellow composer Daniel Pemberton wrote on Twitter: ‘Very sad news today. I learnt that Matthew Strachan has died. He will forever be known as the composer (along with his dad!) of the groundbreaking WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE. 

‘But for me he was always more than that. He was someone who chased a magical dream..’

Another composer and friend of Strachan, Dirk Marks, said: ‘Goodbye dear friend and massive talent Matthew Strachan. A gentle, kind, talented and wickedly funny Prince.’

Meanwhile a friend told The Sun: ‘Matthew was a troubled soul but an incredibly gifted man.

‘He was gentle and kind but endured an ongoing struggle with his inner demons. It is tragic he couldn’t be at peace.’

Strachan’s iconic theme also appeared in the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle.

And features in the current edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, which was relaunched with new host Jeremy Clarkson in 2018 and hit headlines last year when contestant Donald Fear, from Telford, won the coveted £1 million prize.

Strachan’s theme tune features in the current edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, which was relaunched with new host Jeremy Clarkson in 2018 and hit headlines last year when contestant Donald Fear, from Telford, won the coveted £1 million prize

Strachan’s sudden death comes a month after he was handed a suspended sentence for setting fire to his own home in March last year. 

He was charged with one count of arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered. 

The case, described as a ‘serious offence’ by prosecutors in October, was referred to Kingston crown court. 

Colleagues in the music industry reportedly described Strachan in character references as an ‘incredible talent’. 

He received a 10 month sentence suspended for two years with alcohol and mental health requirements.   

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