61-year-old James Horner, the music composer for iconic films Titanic, Braveheart, Jumanji, A Beautiful Mind, Avatar and many others has died in a plane crash, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.
Horner’s assistant Sylvia Patrycja announced the musician’s death on his website, stating:
“We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent,” Patrycja posted on Facebook. “He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Horner was flying a small plane near Santa Barbara, California when it crashed into a remote area of the region.
Dozens of celebrities who have worked with Horner or admired his talent came out on Twitter with condolences, including Celine Dion who performed Horner’s Oscar-winning song “My Heart Will Go On” for the Titanic soundtrack.
“Rene and I are deeply saddened by the tragic death of James Horner. We will miss him.” http://t.co/7BRTs0phWD
— Celine Dion (@celinedion) June 23, 2015
My sincere condolences to the family, loved ones and friends of James Horner. #abeautifulmind
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) June 23, 2015
So saddened by the loss of James Horner, an incredible inspiration and a brilliant composer. I just can’t believe it.
— Brian Tyler (@BrianTylerMusic) June 23, 2015
To work with James Horner was one of the biggest moments of my life. He was such a kind soul, I’m so saddened
— Leona Lewis (@leonalewis) June 23, 2015
R.I.P James Horner. U were one insanely gifted composer and writer. Braveheart, Avatar, Titanic-ur music was inspiring & will continue 2 be
— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) June 23, 2015
Incredibly saddened to hear about the loss of James Horner. I grew up loving his work. He leaves behind a spectacular musical legacy.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 23, 2015
Horner’s film scores were amazingly powerful and his talent converted legendary films into breathtaking homages to genuine human emotion. He was also a two-time Academy Award winner, earning Oscars for Best Original Song in 1997 for “My Heart Will Go On” and Best Original Dramatic Score in 1997 for Titanic.
His largest commercial success, Titanic: Music from the Motion Picture was one of the largest selling albums of 1997, selling 30 million copies worldwide. It remains one of the best selling albums of all time and the number one selling orchestral soundtrack ever.
Horner played music all his life, learning the piano at age five and attending the Royal College of Music in London as a child. He received a bachelor’s, masters and doctorate degree from University of Southern California.
His film credits stretch as far back as 1979’s The Lady in Red and his first big break came as an uncredited conductor for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in 1982. He has since received 10 Academy Award nominations and 10 Golden Globe nominations.
Some of James Horner’s most well-known scores include: