Titanic composer James Horner dies in plane crash

James Horner, Hollywood composer who wrote the film hit Titanic, dies in California plane crash aged 61

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

James Horner - the film composer known for writing the film scores for “Field of Dreams,” “Braveheart” and “Titanic,”  - has died in a plane crash in central California aged 61.

The small plane belonging to Academy Award-winning composer Horner crashed near Santa Barbara on Monday.

Although it has not been reported who was flying the plane at the time of the crash, Horner was a trained pilot.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the single-engine S312 Tucano crashed under unknown circumstances near Cuyama, about 60 miles (97 km) north of Santa Barbara, on Monday morning. 

His death was confirmed by his assistant Sylvia Patrycja. 

"We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," Patrycja wrote on Facebook. 

"He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road."

Horner won two Oscars for his work on the 1997 hit film "'Titanic," including best original dramatic score and best original song for the Celine Dion classic "My Heart Will Go On."

He had been nominated for Academy awards 10 times. 

He composed many hit soundtracks including for the movies "Braveheart," "Apollo 13," "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Avatar."

TRTWorld and agencies