Published Jun 23, 2015In a tragic turn of events, Hollywood composer James Horner died yesterday (June 22) in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61.
"We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," said his assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, via Facebook. "He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support."
Horner had been piloting his single-engine S-312 Tucano MK1 turbo-prop aircraft when it went down in the Los Padres National Forest. He was the sole occupant of the plane.
He was best known for his work composing film scores, contributing the music to award-winning movies like Field of Dreams, Braveheart, Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind. He frequently collaborated with James Cameron, providing the scores to Aliens, Titanic and Avatar. Horner received the Oscars for Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song ("My Heart Will Go On") for his composition and co-writing work on Titanic.
The last film he completed work on was the Antoine Fuqua-directed sports thriller Southpaw, which is due out on July 24.
In the player below, you can relive his 1997 Oscar acceptance speeches.