Oscar-winning composer James Horner sadly passed away in a plane crash in Southern California on Monday morning.
Ventura County fire spokesman Mike Lindbery said the crash happened around 9:30 am in the Los Padres National Forest.
Horner’s assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, later confirmed that it was the beloved composer who died in the crash.
Patrycja posted 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.”
Jay Cooper, an attorney for Horner, said the plane was one of several owned by the 61-year-old composer.
The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was an S-312 Tucano MK1 turbo-prop with two seats.
Crews extinguished a fire that erupted in vegetation surrounding the remote crash site, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Ventura County Fire Department Capt. Mike Lindbery said the pilot was found dead at the scene. Horner’s body was burned beyond recognition.
Horner, 61, took home two Oscars for his work on the 1997 film Titanic, for both his work on the score and writing the hugely popular theme song to the film My heart Will Go On.
James also won two Grammys and two Golden Globes for his work on that film.
Horner often collaborated with Titanic director James Cameron, working with him on Avatar and Aliens.
He was currently at work on the score to the two sequels that have been planned to Avatar.
Horner’s next film to be released will be Southpaw, the boxing drama starring Jake Gyllenhall and Rachel McAdams.
Horner’s other great scores were used in Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind, Willow, and The Missing, all films by Ron Howard.
He also worked on Braveheart, Field of Dreams, Glory, An American Tale, Legends of the Fall and Troy.
He was nominated for 10 Oscars over the course of his career and won six Grammys out of 13 nominations.
Horner is survived by his wife Sarah and their two daughters.
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