Film and Tv composer William Patrick Olvis has lost his battle with throat cancer at the age of 56.

Olvis, who was the son of actor and opera singer William Edward Olvis, passed away on 6 May (14) in Malibu, California, according to Variety.com.

Throughout his career Olvis composed the music for several movies and Tv shows, including Red Rock West, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and El Diablo.

He also won four most performed underscore awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 1999.