Tragedy struck at 9:30 a.m. today when a single-engine plane registered to Academy Award winning music composer James Horner crashed near Highway 33 and Quatal Canyon Road in Southern California’s Los Padres National Forest. The sole occupant of the plane, James Horner, was killed.
His death was confirmed by Sylvia Patrycja, who is identified on Horner’s film music page as his assistant.
“We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent,” Patrycja wrote on Facebook on Monday. “He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road.”
The location of the crash site is approximately 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The single-engine S312 Tucano MK1 turbo-prop with two seats ignited a two acre brush fire that county firefighters quickly extinguished.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said.
Horner is best known for composing the score for James Cameron’s Titanic, whose soundtrack includes the monster smash hit song, “My Heart Will Go On.”
Horner worked on many other critically acclaimed movies and was nominated for several other Academy Awards. His other works include: The Amazing Spider-Man, The Karate Kid (2010,) Avatar, Apocalypto, A Beautiful Mind, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Perfect Storm, Braveheart, Ransom, Courage Under Fire, Apollo 13, The Pelican Brief, Patriot Games, The Rocketeer, Glory, Field of Dreams, Red Heat, Willow, The Name of the Rose, Aliens, Commando, Cocoon, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, The Stone Boy, Uncommon Valor, Brainstorm, Krull, 48 Hrs. and Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan to name just a few.
Horner is survived by his wife, Sarah, and their two daughters.
Rest in Peace!
Sources: latimes, thedailymail, thehollywoodreporter, IMDb