Kancheli passed away at the age of 85. This was told by members of his family. The exact causes of death were not disclosed, but, according to journalists, the composer suffered from health problems and was treated abroad.
Gia Kancheli is known for the music for the films “Mimino” and “Kin-dza-dza”, was a People’s Artist of the USSR and a laureate of the State Prize of Georgia.
He also wrote seven symphonies, for one of which he received the USSR State Prize.