Tributes have been pouring in for "remarkable composer" and Italian screen legend Ennio Morricone, following his death aged 91.

Fellow composer Hans Zimmer hailed Morricone as "an icon" and said "he was a major influence on me".

"Ennio was an icon and icons just don't go away, icons are forever," he said during an interview with BBC Breakfast.

"It really has taken me by surprise as he was still touring. I saw him about a year ago. He seemed strong. He was conducting at the O2."

He added: "He was a major influence on me. The first movie I ever saw was Once Upon A Time In The West. I heard the music and saw those images and I said, 'That’s what I want to do’."

Director Edgar Wright paid tribute on Twitter, praising the Oscar-winning composer for his ability to make "an average movie into a must-see".

He said: "Where to even begin with iconic composer Ennio Morricone?

"He could make an average movie into a must see, a good movie into art, and a great movie into legend.

"He hasn't been off my stereo my entire life. What a legacy of work he leaves behind."

Film composer Daniel Pemberton commended Morricone's "heartbreaking melodies and raw emotion" and explained how he had a "huge influence" on his work.

"The way he mixed experimental sound, heartbreaking melodies and raw emotion into everything he did made him, for me, the greatest film composer EVER and a huge influence on my work," he said.

Dance music duo Orbital, who were among the early electronic acts inspired by Morricone's scores, described him as "one of the best film composers of all time".

New Order frontman Bernard Sumner said Morricone was one of his "musical heroes" and said his music "introduced me to albums".

French electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre said Morricone had "a unique sound" and "magnificent melodies".

A message on the Twitter account of Film4 said Morricone's spaghetti western scores left an "indelible mark on film history" and said his more recent work on films like 2019's One Upon a Time in Hollywood "was as magical as ever".

The Royal Philharmonic Society posted a touching tribute to Morricone on Twitter, praising the "remarkable composer" for leaving "us all so much to cherish".

RTÉ broadcaster Marty Whelan said he felt a "real sense of loss" following Morricone's passing.