On Monday, we lost a true music legend. Two-time academy Award winner James Horner died as the result of a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61. He was the lone occupant in the aircraft, which crashed in a remote area 60 miles north of Santa Barbara. Earlier reports indicated that the plane was owned by the composer but had not released the name of the pilot.
It was later announced by his assistant, through Horner’s film page on Facebook. “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 composed some of the biggest movies and their recognizable music. He is responsible for the heart-wrentching theme in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, Avatar, Titanic, Jumanji, Apollo 13, Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Rocketeer among so many others.
According to his IMDB page, he was slated to work on the two upcoming Avatar movies for James Cameron. Most recently, he did the score for The Amazing Spider-Man. Horner’s music goes back to the late seventies with The Watcher and the 1980 camp classic Battle Beyond the Stars.
James Horner was one of my favorite composers in films, along side with John Williams, Hans Zimmer and Alan Silvestri. It was truly sad to hear this happen to a creative genius and he will be missed.