How sad. Oscar-winning composer James Horner died when his plane crashed on June 22. His death was later confirmed by the famous musician’s assistant, Sylvia Patrycja. James was just 61 years old.
Oscar-winning composer James Horner tragically died in a plane crash near Santa Barbara on Monday, June 22. Initially, the body of the deceased had not been identified, but James’ assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, has now confirmed the sad news.
“We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent,” Sylvia wrote on Facebook on June 22. “He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road.”
James was piloting the plane that crashed in the Los Padres National Forest at around 9:30 a.m. Santa Barbara County Fire responded to the call of the plane crash, which started a one-acre brushfire, early this morning, according to HollywoodLife.com‘s sister site Variety. The cause of the crash is currently being investigated.
“James was a very experienced pilot,” James’ attorney, Jay Hooper, told Variety. “James loved flying. I don’t know anything more than that.”
James won two Oscars for his work on James Cameron‘s Titanic (1997) — one for best original dramatic score and one for best original song for “My Heart Will Go On,” which was sung by Celine Dion. He also composed the scores for Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, Avatar and more.
“My job — and it’s something I discuss with [James Cameron] all the time — is to make sure at every turn of the film it’s something the audience can feel with their heart,” James said in a 2009 interview with the Los Angeles Times. “When we lose a character, when somebody wins, when somebody loses, when someone disappears — at all times I’m keeping track, constantly, of what the heart is supposed to be feeling. That is my primary role.”
Our thoughts go out to James’ family and friends during this difficult time. Near, far, wherever you are, James, you’ll always be in our hearts.
— Chris Rogers