Black Panther composer has died, at 60

Black Panther composer has died, at 60


norman lebrecht

October 14, 2021

The British composer and conductor John Ashton Thomas, a force behind the Oscar-winning Black Panther score and 160 other films, has died at the age of 60.

No cause has been disclosed. Thomas taught since 1992 at Trinity College of Music in London.

He worked with composer John Powell on some four dozen films, including the Oscar-nommed How to Train Your Dragon (2010).


  • Jazzotter says:

    The headline of this post suggests that the film’s composer, Ludwig Göransson, has died. That is not the case.

  • Leyland Maestro says:

    John was a superb musician and a lovely man. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and by all who knew and worked with him.

  • Josh says:

    According to family members, he died of a heart attack in his sleep.