The Oscar-winning composer was reportedly flying the plane himself. The plane crashed on Monday morning near Santa Barbara
Oscar-winning film composer James Horner died tragically in a plane crash on Monday. He was 61.
The two-seater single engine S312 Tucano, which was owned by Horner, crashed Monday morning in the north of Santa Barbara. Pilot was reportedly Horner himself. He was alone in the plane and killed in the tragic crash. Horner’s death was confirmed by his assistant Sylvia Patrycia who paid a tribute to the composer on her Facebook on Monday.
“We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved.” The statement reads, according to a report by Hollywood Reporter (The page was found unavailable afterwards).
However, Horner’s lawyer Jay Cooper is still unable to confirm the news and is reluctant to say anything about his death. “He is an experienced pilot. He owns several planes. We have not heard from him.” Cooper told media.
Born on August 14, 1953, James Horner was one of the most popular composers of the past three decades. Although he composed the scores for more than 100 movies throughout his career but he was undoubtedly best known for his work in epic blockbuster “Titanic”, especially the track “My Heart Will Go on”, sung by Celine Dion and written by Horner alongside Will Jennings – became one of the most popular movie-scores worldwide. Horner went on to win two Academy awards for Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song categories.
"My Job - and it's something i discuss with Jim (James Cameron) all the time - is to make sure at every turn of the film it's something the audience can feel with their heart. When we lose a character, when somebody wins, when somebody loses - at all times i'm keeping track, constantly of what the heart is supposed to be feeling. That is my primary job." James Horner said in a 2009 interview.
Overall Horner received ten Oscar nominations including “Braveheart”, “Avatar”, “A Beautiful Mind”, Aliens” and “Apollo 13.” He also won two Golden Globe Awards, three Satellite Awards and three Saturn Awards.
Filmmaker Ron Howard and actor Russell Crowe was among those who offered their condolences on Twitter.
Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015
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