Film composer James Horner, winner of two Academy Awards, died Monday in a plane crash. He was piloting a small plane when it crashed in a remote area north of Santa Barbara. His passing was confirmed by his assistant Sylvia Patrycja. Horner was 61 years old.
“We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent,” Patrycja wrote on Facebook on Monday. “He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road.”
Horner won two Oscars for Titanic, one for Original Dramatic Score and one for Best Music, Original Song which he shares with lyricist Will Jennings for “My Heart Will Go On.” His score for Titanic in particular, sold 27 million copies worldwide. He was also nominated for Oscars for Aliens, An American Tail, Field of Dreams, Braveheart, Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, House of Sand and Fog, and Avatar.
Horner’s career began in 1979 with the movie The Lady in Red. His lengthy and impressive list of credits includes work on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, 48 Hrs., Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Cocoon, Commando, *batteries not included, Willow, Red Heat, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Glory, The Rocketeer, Patriot Games, The Man Without a Face, The Pelican Brief, Clear and Present Danger, Casper, Jumanji, Courage Under Fire, Deep Impact, the Mask of Zorro, The Perfect Storm, Windtalkers, Troy, Flightplan, and The Spiderwick Chronicles.