Franco Battiato has died aged 76. As ANSA reports, Battiato died earlier this morning (18 May) in his home in Milo, Sicily. The beloved Italian singer-songwriter, composer and filmmaker (who also painted under the moniker Süphan Barzani) had a career that spanned over four decades. Battiato experimented with an array of genres via his work, including pop, progressive rock, new wave, electronic and more. He was nicknamed ‘Il Maestro’ for his talents, poetic lyricism and popularity both locally and internationally.