Oscar winning film composer James Horner has tragically died at the age of 61. A plane crashed on Monday morning in a remote area 60 miles north of Santa Barbara and killed the pilot. Horner was a recreational pilot and the plane was registered to him. The confirmation took awhile but sadly it is him. Horner was one of my favorite film composers and a day doesn’t go by where I don’t listen to one of his scores. Braveheart’s score is definitely one of my favorite scores of all-time. He has composed a ton of movies including: Braveheart, Titanic, Willow, Avatar, Legends of the Fall, Field of Dreams, A Beautiful Mind, A New World, Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan, Glory, Apollo 13, Patriot Games, and so many more. He has died way too young and will be really missed in the film music community.
His death was confirmed by Sylvia Patrycja, who is identified on Horner’s film music page as his assistant.
“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 was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, officials said. An earlier report noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down, but the pilot had not been identified.