James Horner dies in plane crash.
The two-time Oscar winner, 61, worked on three
James Cameron films, two 'Star Trek' movies
and classics like 'A Beautiful Mind,' 'Field of Dreams' and 'Apollo 13.'
James Horner, the consummate film composer known for his heart-tugging scores
for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards,
died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61.
His death was confirmed by Sylvia Patrycja, who is identified on Horner's film music page as his assistant.
"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 was piloting a single-engine S312 Tucano turboprop plane when it crashed into a
remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, officials said.
An earlier report noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down,
but the pilot had not been identified.
Horner's agency, Gorfaine/Schwartz, said in a statement released Tuesday: "It is with the deepest
regret and sorrow that we mourn the tragic passing of our dear colleague, long-time client and
great friend, composer James Horner. ... Our thoughts and prayers are with James' family at
this difficult time, and also with the millions of people around the world who loved his music.
A shining light has been extinguished, which can never be replaced."
"It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked with James since the inception of our
agency," the statement continued. "For more than three decades, his unique creative genius
made an indelible imprint on each of our lives and on those of the entire Hollywood community.
There is not a person in our GSA family who wasn’t touched by the power and reach of his music,
and who isn’t diminished by his loss."
(The Hollywood Reporter)