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Stargate Composer Joel Goldsmith Dies At 54

UPDATED: Was the son of famed Star Trek musician Jerry Goldsmith

The music world has lost another great television and movie composer. Joel Goldsmith, whose music appeared in more than 350 episodes of Stargate across three franchises, has died. He was 54.

No cause of death has been released, but the news was announced early Monday morning by Stargate news site GateWorld.

Goldsmith was the son of famed Star Trek composer Jerry Goldsmith, who himself died in 2004 at the age of 75. His first job came in 1978 for the pseudo-documentary "Auditions" in 1978 and later the Michael Rae B-movie sci-fi film "Laserblast."

His work became more mainstream in 1991 with the short-lived sci-fi television series "Super Force." He would make his own name for himself in 1993 when he signed on to compose music for the syndicated series "The Untouchables" that starred Tom Amandes and John Newton.

He joined "Stargate SG-1" on Showtime in 1997. Although he would do all the episodic music work for the series, the main title theme itself was composed by David Arnold, who had originally written the song for the 1994 film. Goldsmith, however, would write the main title theme song for spinoff "Stargate: Atlantis" in 2004.

Goldsmith would also work with his father on one Star Trek film, "Star Trek: First Contact" in 1996.

Condolences for Goldsmith has been pouring in from all around the Stargate universe through Twitter.

"Science-fiction lost an artist today," said "Stargate: Universe's" David Blue, who played Eli Wallace. "An invisible, resounding force behind the Stargate franchise."

"His music will never be silenced," said Lou Diamond Phillips, who appeared in SGU. "His work for SGU was atmospheric, epic and emotional. A true artist."

"So sad to hear about Joel Goldsmith," said "Stargate: Atlantis'" David Hewlett, who played Dr. Rodney McKay. "His music made our adventures throughout the Stargates truly magnificent."

"Words cannot describe," said "Stargate SG-1" star Michael Shanks. "Rest easy, friend. See you on the other side."

"I'm truly [saddened] to read about Joel Goldsmith's passing," said SGU's Ming-Na. "His music infused such beauty and heart into SGU and other [Stargate] series."

"We lost a great one today," said SGU executive producer Carl Binder. "Great artist, great person. The soul behind Stargate."

Goldsmith was nominated for three Emmys in his career: in 1998 for the "SG-1" episode "The Nox," in 2005 for the main title theme for "Atlantis," and in 2006 for the "Atlantis" episode "Grace Under Pressure."

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