HOLLYWOOD—Two-time Academy Award winning film composer, James Horner died on Monday, June 22 after his plane crashed near Santa Barbara.
Horner had reportely been flying his single-engine S312 Tucano on Monday. The Los Angeles native’s aircraft, registered under his name, crashed into an area approximately 60 miles north of Santa Barbara on the central coast. It is unknown if Horner himself was piloting the plane, but the Federal Aviation Administration reported that only one passenger was found dead at the scene.
The aircraft ignited into flames on impact. Firefighters put out the fire, but the passenger of the aircraft had passed away. The debris of the crash had spread out about 1-acre across of dry riverbed. The cause of the crash is still unknown. Jay Cooper, Horner’s lawyer, told CNN that Horner was an experienced pilot and had owned many planes
His death was confirmed by his assistant Sylvia Patrycja after she wrote the following post on Facebook:
“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.”
Horner was known for his work on three James Cameron Films including “Titanic,” as well as his work in “Braveheart,” “Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13,” “Field of Dreams,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Avatar” and “Star Trek.” Horner earned 10 Oscar nominations during his career, winning two for his work on “Titanic” and his orginal song for Celine Dion’s, “My Heart Will Go On.”
Celebrity friends quickly tweeted their condolences as they heard of the composer’s passing.
“Shaken by the tragic death of James Horner. We send our prayers and deepest condolences to his family and friends,” said Celine Dion.