UPDATED 9:25pm PST: According to THR, it has been confirmed that James Horner himself was the sole occupant of the plane that crashed in the Los Padres National Forest, and was killed. He was 61 years old.
Horner’s assistant Sylvia Patrycja released a statement late Monday night confirming the news. She said,
We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road.
GeekNation wishes to extend the condolences of everyone on the team to James Horner’s family and friends during this undoubtedly difficult time. Horner left a legacy that will continue to be enjoyed by millions for decades to come, and its in the spirit of that legacy that we wish those closest to him our absolute best.
Original Story: A plane registered to notable Oscar-winning film composer James Horner has crashed, killing the pilot. The pilot’s identity has not yet been released.
According to the Guardian, the plane crashed at 9:30am PST on Monday in the Los Padres National Forest, located in central and southern California. A spokesperson for the Ventura County fire service confirmed that the pilot was killed, but stopped short of releasing the pilot’s identity. The FAA specified the model of the plane as an S-312 Tucano MK1 turbo-prop, that only holds two seats: one for the pilot, and one for a passenger. Nobody else was onboard when the plane went down.
Horner is apparently a flying enthusiast and owns several planes, the one that crashed only being one of them. A lawyer from the family was quoted in the report to have said, “if he wasn’t in it, he would have called.”
Horner’s career as a composer for films began in the 1970s, and he came to national prominence in such titles as 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and 1985’s Cocoon. He began something of a regular collaboration with director James Cameron in 1986, when the director released Aliens, for which Horner’s score received an Oscar nomination.
After scoring such memorable films as An American Tail, Apollo 13, and Jumanji, Horner received his first Oscar win for scoring James Cameron’s 1997 mega-hit Titanic. Horner also received an Oscar for helping to compose the film’s original song “My Heart Will Go On,” which was performed by Celine Dion. Horner would be nominated for Oscars again for his scores on 2001’s A Beautiful Mind, 2003’s A House of Sand and Fog, and 2009’s Avatar, again collaborating with James Cameron.
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