English composer and singer-songwriter who composed the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire theme tune was found dead at his home
Matthew Strachan who died at age 50 was the author of the Who Wants To Be a Millionaire theme tune
It’s been reported that Who Wants to be a Millionaire composer and singer-songwriter Matthew Strachan passed away abruptly at home at the age of 50.
Strachan and his father Keith co-wrote the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? the theme song in 1998, and Strachan went on to win a total of 12 Grammy Awards, including 10 for his work on the show’s soundtrack.
Paramedics responding to a report on Chudleigh Road in Twickenham discovered him dead at 11:03 a.m.
After being given a 10-month suspended sentence for allegedly setting fire to his own house in March of last year in an apparent suicide attempt, Strachan died less than a month later.
Among the conditions of the two-year suspension were regulations regarding drinking and mental health.
According to a London Ambulance Service spokesperson: ‘We sent an ambulance crew, two medics in cars, and a hazardous area response team. Sadly, a person died at the scene.’
An investigation was carried out to unravel the cause of his death by The West London Coroner who said they started on September 8
‘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.
“He will be greatly missed,” Strachan’s father, Keith, told the BBC of his son. He was a thoughtful, amusing, and gifted individual.”
Daniel Pemberton, a fellow composer, paid respects to him on Twitter.
He wrote: ‘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.
One of his fellow composers and close pal of Strachan, Dirk Marks, said: ‘Goodbye dear friend and massive talent Matthew Strachan. A gentle, kind, talented, and wickedly funny Prince.’
Another 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.’
Some places where the composer’s song where featured
Danny Boyle’s Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire included Strachan’s renowned theme as well. It also appears in the current season of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? which was reintroduced in 2018 with Jeremy Clarkson as a new host.