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Michael "Mikis" Theodorakis (Greek: Μιχαήλ (Μίκης) Θεοδωράκης 29 July 1925 – 2 September 2021) was a Greek songwriter and composer. He wrote over 1000 songs. He was born in Chios, Greece. His career began in 1943. He was known for composing the movie scores for Zorba the Greek (1964), Z (1969), and Serpico (1973). He is known as Greece's best-known composer. He was awarded the Lenin Peace Prize.

From 1981 until 1993, he was a member of the Hellenic Parliament as a Communist.

On February 26, 2019, Theodorakis was hospitalized due to heart problems. On March 8, 2019, Theodorakis had heart surgery to place a pacemaker.

Theodorakis died on September 2, 2021 at his home in Athens, Greece from cardiac arrest at the age of 96.

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