Academy Award Winning composer James Horner was missing after a small plane registered in his name crashed in Southern California, with an unidentified pilot. According to reports the plane crashed around 9:30 a.m. Monday in the Los Padres National Forest. Later today his assistant confirmed on his Facebook page that it was Horner flying the plane and unfortunately he did not survive.
James Horner’s lawyer has stated that they didnt’t know where the 61-year-old composer was headed and that James is an experienced pilot. News channels have reported that the crash of the S312 Tucano resulted in a 1-acre brush fire. The crash is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board currently.
James Horner was the son of 2-time Oscar winning art director, Harry Horner and James was best known for composing the hit song from Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On” with Will Jennings. He had won two Oscars in 1998, Best Original Dramatic Score for Titanic and Best Original Song (with Will Jennings) for writing the film’s instant-classic theme, “My Heart Will Go On.” His body of work also includes the scores for Glory, The Rocketeer, Braveheart, Legends of the Fall, Apollo 13, The Amazing Spider-Man, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Avatar and more. He’s a 10-time Oscar nominee, his most recent nomination coming for his original score for 2009’s Avatar. Horner has three films coming out soon: Southpaw, the boxing drama that stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams and is due in theaters in July; Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem, out in September; and The 33, a drama based on the 2010 mining disaster in Chile that’s set for November.
It is a tragic moment in history when we lose such a talented soul who has given the world such brilliant memories. He will be immortalized by the amazing work he has left behind for us to treasure for years to come. Our prayers and condolences go out to James Horner’s family and friends. May you have strength in these hard times.