James Horner, the famed film composer responsible for memorable scores from films such as Titanic, Avatar, Braveheart and many more, has died at the age of 61.
Horner died yesterday when his plane crashed near Santa Barbara. He was the pilot and only person on the aircraft, a two-seater single-engine S312 Tucano, at the time. The crash started a brush fire and fire crews had to come out and extinguish the flames. The plane itself was completely destroyed.
Horner’s death was confirmed via Facebook by his assistant Sylvia Patrycja who wrote, “A great tragedy has struck my family today, and I will not be around for a while. I would like some privacy and time to heal. We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road. Love Sylvia.”
Horner was a highly acclaimed film composter, winning the Oscar for original dramatic score and original song for his work on the film James Cameron directed Titanic, and it’s iconic song “My Heart Will Go On,” sung by Celine Dion.
While working with Cameron, Horner also received Oscar nominations for his original work on blockbusters Aliens and Avatar.
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