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Greek Music Great Mikis Theodorakis Dies at 96

Mikis Theodorakis

Mikis Theodorakis

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Athens, Greece (AP) -- Mikis Theodorakis, the beloved Greek composer whose rousing music and life of political defiance won acclaim abroad and inspired millions at home, died Thursday. He was 96.

His death at his home in central Athens was announced on state television and followed multiple hospitalizations in recent years, mostly for heart treatment.