Famed composer James Horner, who won a pair of Oscars for the music of Titanic, died Monday (June 22), in a plane crash approximately 60 miles North of Santa Barbara, California. He was 61.
Horner also composed scores for Apollo 13, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, and approximately 100 other films. Horner earned 10 Oscar nominations. He took home an Oscar for original dramatic score, and shared an Oscar with lyricist Will Jennings for "My Heart Will Go On," which was performed by Celine Dion. The Titanic score sold 27 million copies worldwide. At the time of his death, Horner had three films that were soon-to-be-released: Boxing drama Southpaw (due in July); Wolf Totem (due in September); and The 33 (due in November).
It was reported during the day Monday that a plane registered to Horner had crashed, and that the pilot had perished; however, Horner's passing had not been confirmed until late Monday evening when his assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, posted the following on Facebook:
"A great tragedy has struck my family today, and I will not be around for a while. I would like some privacy and time to heal. We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road. Love Sylvia."
The cause of the crash was not released at press time.