August 24, 2011

Composer John O'Brien Dies

John O'Brien

John O'Brien (center) with ASCAP's Nancy Knutsen and Mike Todd at the 2007 ASCAP Film and Television Awards

Award-winning ASCAP composer John O'Brien has died. He was found in his Chicago hotel room on Saturday, August 20th. The cause of death is not yet confirmed.

O'Brien's first prominent composing job came in 1997, when he provided music for the horror film Nightwatch. He stayed active until his death, composing additional music for Anywhere But Here, Iron Man and Iron Man 2, Pineapple Express, Four Christmases and Couples Retreat. O'Brien also scored the ABC series In Case of Emergency and Detroit 1-8-7. He was most recently working as a music supervisor on the NBC sitcom Up All Night.

In 2006, O'Brien composed additional music for the Jennifer Aniston/Vince Vaughn movie The Break-Up, alongside ASCAP composer Jon Brion. His score earned him an ASCAP Film and Television award the following year.

O'Brien interned in the Los Angeles ASCAP office during the mid-90's, before his scoring career took off. ASCAP's EVP of Domestic Membership, Randy Grimmett, remembers him well: "John stood out as one of the brightest and most personable interns we've had, and many of us stayed friends with him long after his time at ASCAP ended. Even at that early stage it was clear that John was a talented composer. It was wonderful to see his career take shape over the years. We're all deeply saddened by his passing."

Find out more about John O'Brien at his IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1180173/