Zorba composer Mikis Theodorakis in hospital with 'heart problem'

Athens (AFP) –


Renowned Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, who wrote the music for the classic 1964 film "Zorba the Greek", has been hospitalised in Athens for over a week after suffering heart problems, a hospital source said Thursday.

Theodorakis, 93, was transferred on February 26 to the private Iatriko Kentro clinic in a northern suburb of the capital, the source said.

The composer penned what is probably the best-known piece of Greek music, the theme tune to Zorba, an instrumental which is still played and danced to around the world.

He has been hospitalised several times in recent years due to heart problems, including in August last year.

Local media said Theodorakis had been taken to hospital in "secrecy" last Wednesday and that his health was under control.

The hospital source said an official update is due to be given on the state of Theodorakis's health.

Theodorakis is also known in Greece as an icon of resistance against World War II Nazi Germany, as a militant communist in Greece's 1946-49 civil war and as an activist against the military junta that ruled Greece from 1967-74.

Theodorakis has remained a high-profile political campaigner, most recently protesting against the Greek government agreeing to the naming of the newly titled North Macedonia.

In 2012 riot police used tear gas against him during an anti-austerity demonstration outside parliament.