Composer James Horner confirmed to have died in airplane crash

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We have received word that acclaimed composer James Horner has died in a plane crash earlier today. He was 61.

His assistant Sylvia Patrycja confirmed the composer’s death on her Facebook.

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According to officials, Horner, who has a pilot’s license, was piloting a small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara. Earlier today, the plane was stated to be registered to the composer, but the pilot was not identified.

Known for his work on the 1997 Best Picture film, Horner won the Academy Award for Original Dramatic Score, as well as for Best Original Song (shared with lyricist Will Jennings) for ‘My Heart Will Go On’ performed by Celino Dion.

He had a great partnership with director James Cameron, working with him on Aliens (1986) and Avatar (2009). He was also rumored to be working on the sequels.

With over 150 musical credits, Horner had worked on many famous films such as Braveheart (1995), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), Willow (1988), The Land Before Time (1988), Field of Dreams (1989), Honey, I Shrunk The Kids (1989), Apollo 13 (1995), The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), and so much more.

RIP James Horner. Your music will live on in our hearts.

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