One of the most renowned British composers, John Tavener, has passed away. The composer, who is probably most known for his song "Song for Athene" played at Princess Diana's funeral, died "peacefully at home" in Child Okeford, southern England, on Tuesday, November 12, his publisher Chester Music said. He was 69.
"John Tavener was one of the unique and most inspired voices in music of the last 50 years," his publisher added in a statement. Calling the composer "one of the most significant contributions to classical music in our times," the publisher continued saying, "For all of those fortunate enough to have known him, John was a man of strong beliefs, huge personal warmth, loyalty and humor. He will be much missed."