Incredible film composer James Horner died on Monday, June 22 when he was piloting his small plane and it crashed about 60 miles from Santa Barbara, California.
Horner’s assistant Sylvia Patrycja confirmed the tragedy on her Twitter account, writing, “We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent” asking for time to mourn and assuring fans that he died doing what he loved.
The composer was known mostly for his work on James Cameron’s film Titanic, for which Horner won the Oscar for best original dramatic score and the award for best original song “My Heart Will Go On” at the Academy Awards.
That score alone sold about 27 million copies worldwide! Plus, Horner’s score for Cameron’s next box office hit Avatar, in 2009, turned out to be just as beautiful.
Horner is also known for his emotion-packed scores for films like Braveheart, Apollo 13, Field of Dreams, A Beautiful Mind, and the animated film An American Tail. He was Oscar nominated for every one of those scores and he won the award for two of them: Braveheart in 1995 and A Beautiful Mind in 2001.
Horner’s next project, the film Southpaw (with Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams) comes out next month, and he was reportedly working with James Cameron on a sequel to Avatar.
Many celebrities who have worked with the composer have been posting on social media about the tragic loss, including singers Celine Dion and Josh Groban, director Ron Howard, and actor Russell Crowe.
We send our condolences to his family and friends during this time.