RIP James Horner: 7 of the Composer’s Most Memorable Works
Oscar-winning composer James Horner has died at age 61. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Horner was aboard a small private plane that crashed near Santa Barbara, CA. The accident occurred on Monday morning (June 22).
A trained pilot, Horner is believed to have been alone aboard the aircraft, which crashed north of Santa Barbara on Monday morning. His assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, confirmed his death in a Facebook post, saying, "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."
She continued, "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."
Horner won an Original Dramatic Score Oscar for his work on James Cameron's Titanic in 1997. He and lyricist Will Jennings took a second Academy Award that year for Original Song. “My Heart Will Go On,” performed by Celine Dion, has sold 27 million copies worldwide.
The composer turned in a formidable body of work over the course of his 35-year career, and film buffs will undoubtably have a few favorites. Here are seven of Horner's very best contributions to cinema.