Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? theme composer Matthew Strachan dies suddenly

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Matthew Strachan has died, aged 50, it has been confirmed.

The award-winning composer was best known for creating the theme song for Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? as well as Question Time.

As well as two of TV's biggest shows, Matthew also composed the theme tune for the BBC One and CBS game show, Winning Lines, which aired between 1999 and 2004.

Matthew's death comes just less than a month after he was given a suspended prison sentence after setting fire to his home.

In August, he was described as an "incredible talent" and was "in high praise" by those who were around him.

Following the news, tributes have poured in with Dirk Maggs, a fellow composer writing on Twitter: "Goodbye dear friend and massive talent Matthew Strachan. A gentle, kind, talented and wickedly funny Prince."

While another social media user added: "Thinking about composer friend Matthew Strachan. How very sad. Such a talented, clever, funny man whose most famous work redefined the genre of the tv gameshow. Also the creator of wickedly funny spoof composer Klaus Harmony. So, so sad. Thinking of his family too."

"Oh Crikey, we were joking about the use of the word "iconic" earlier, Matthew Strachan's music is probably the definition of the word," wrote a third.

London Ambulance Service confirmed that they were called to Matthew's home in Twickenham.

They said: "We sent an ambulance crew, two medics in cars, and a hazardous area response team. Sadly, a person had died at the scene."

A spokesperson for The Metropolitan Police told Daily Star: "Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 11:03hrs Wednesday, 8 September to a residential address at Chudleigh Road, Twickenham to reports of a sudden death.

"Officers and the LAS attended and a man, in his 50s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The death is not thought to be suspicious. A file will be prepared for the coroner."

The West London Coroner also confirmed that they were carrying out an investigation into Matthew's sudden death.

In a statement, they said: "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."

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