Titanic, Avatar composer dies in plane crash




Hollywood composer, James Horner, has died in a California plane crash aged 61.

Horner is the creative mind behind the Oscar-winning score for Titanic, a film made by director James Cameron.

According to BBC, Horner was flying a small private plane which crashed north of Santa Barbara on Monday morning.

The plane crash left an impact crater and sparked a brush fire that had to be put out by fire fighters, local fire authorities said.



Horner’s personal assistant, Sylvia Patrycja confirmed his death through a Facebook post.

“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,” Patrycja’s post read.

Horner has 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.



The musician shared his second Oscar with lyricist Will Jennings for best original song, the hugely successful My Heart Will Go On, sung by Celine.

He was also the composer for the two highest-grossing films of all time, Titanic ($1.76bn) and Avatar ($1.3bn) and is listed on the Internet Movie Database as having 95 soundtrack credits and 158 composer credits.


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