Classical composer Stephen Paulus has died at the age of 65.

Paulus passed away of complications of a stroke he suffered last year (13) on Sunday (19Oct14), according to the New York Times.

In 1983, he was named the composer-in-residence at the Minnesota Orchestra and went on to work with several top ensembles, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of St. Louis and New York Philharmonic.

He composed over 150 works including To Be Certain of the Dawn, Pilgrims' Hymn and Harmoonia.

Paulus, who was also a recipient of the Kennedy Center Friedheim Prize, co-founded the American Composers Forum in 1973.