The composer responsible for setting the mood for much of the Stargate franchise, Joel Goldsmith, has passed away at the age of 54. Goldsmith worked on Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe, scoring a total of 334 episodes during his sci-fi career.
Goldsmith handled a lot of the accompaniment tracks most fans fondly associate with the beloved sci-fi franchise, and he will truly be missed.
"I'm utterly heartbroken at the loss of my dear friend and mentor Joel Goldsmith," said fellow Stargate composer Neal Acree via Gateworld. "He was like a second father to me and I feel like I owe much of my career to the opportunities he gave me including my first feature film and first experience scoring television. His influence on my life, both personally and musically, will stay with me always."
Not long after his death, former cast and crew from the Stargate series took to Twitter to express their condolences.
"Dear Joel, Heaven sounds so much sweeter now," former SG-1 star Richard Dean Anderson tweeted. "But we'll forever miss you here. Play on, Friend."
Amanda Tapping (SG-1 and Atlantis' Samantha Carter) added: "RIP Joel Goldsmith. Very sad day. Stargate wouldn't have been the same without you. The music and the legend live on."
Goldsmith had music in his blood—he was the son of composer Jerry Goldsmith. The two teamed up to score Star Trek: First Contact in 1996, before Jerry's death in 2004.
The cause of death has not been released.