Film Composer James Horner Dies In Plane Crash, Hollywood Reacts

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Earlier this evening I saw a report stating film composer James Horner (Titanic, Avatar) was unaccounted for after a plane believed to belong to Horner crashed in Santa Barbara. Variety has now confirmed Horner, a trained pilot, died in the crash. He was 61.

The Santa Barbara County Fire responded to a call of a plane crash around 9:30 AM this morning in the community of Venucopa, about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, where the crash started a one-acre brushfire.

On top of his Oscar-winning work on James Cameron‘s Titanic including the score and the hit Celine Dion song, “My Heart Will Go On,” Horner also composed scores for Braveheart, Apollo 13, Aliens, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and A Beautiful Mind as well as the upcoming releases Southpaw and The 33.

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