The exemplary Academy Award-winning composer James Horner, died after a small plane belonging to him crashed in central California on Monday. He was 61.
The two-time Oscar winner has worked on three James Cameron films, as well as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Braveheart,” “Troy” and “Apollo 13.”
In the 1997 best picture winner “Titanic,” directed by James Cameron, he won one Oscar for best original dramatic score and best original song for the Celine Dion classic, “My Heart Will Go On,” which he shared with lyricist Will Jennings.
It is not known whether the trained pilot, known best for scoring the movie “Titanic,” was the person flying the plane. But The Hollywood Reporter reported his death, after it was confirmed by Sylvia Patrycja, Horner’s assistant.
“A great tragedy has struck my family today, and I will not be around for a while. I would like some privacy and time to heal,” Sylvia Patrycja, Horner’s assistant, wrote on her Facebook page.
Celebrities who has worked with him reacted immediately to his reported death by posting condolences.
Celine Dion in her statement says, “He will always remain a great composer in our hearts. James played an important part in my career. We will miss him. We offer his family and friends our deepest sympath” – reported BBC News.
“Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones,” tweeted Ron Howard, who directed “Apollo 13.”
Actor Rob Lowe echoed the sentiments of many by tweeting: “There is nothing that shaped my movie-going experience more than the musical genius of James Horner. He will live on through the ages.”
American composer Steve Jablonsky, writer of the music for the Transformers movie series, tweeted about the influence the composer had on him, saying: “James Horner, thank you for inspiring a young me to pursue a career in film music. Thank you for your music. Rest in peace.”
James Cameron reported The Hollywood Reporter he and Celine Dion would honoree James Horner capped the opening gala at the eDIT Filmmakers Festival, Sunday in Frankfurt.
A massive loss for this world!
Photo Source: Facebook/James Horner