Titanic composer James Horner dies in plane crash

Titanic composer James Horner dies in plane crash

Titanic composer James Horner dies in plane crash

Written by Staff Writer

23 Jun, 2015 | 5:18 pm

James Horner, the Oscar-winning composer of Titanic, has died aged 61 in a plane crash in southern California.

A trained pilot, he is reported to have been alone aboard a small private plane which crashed north of Santa Barbara on Monday morning.

The identity of the pilot was not initially known, but Horner’s death was later confirmed by Sylvia Patrycja, his assistant, on her Facebook page, the Hollywood Reporter said.

Writing on her Facebook page Sylvia Patrycja said “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.”

The plane – a S-312 Tucano MK1 turbo-prop with two seats – crashed about 9.30am local time on Monday in the Los Padres national forest, said Mike Lindbery, a spokesman for the Ventura County fire service.

The musician worked on three James Cameron films, as well as A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Troy and Apollo 13.

He won one Oscar for the Titanic film score and another for its theme song.

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