Oscar-winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash in California aged 61.
Mr Horner wrote the scores of Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards, died in a light aircraft crash near Santa Barbara, his assistant confirmed.
The identity of the pilot remained unknown after the small two-seater S-312 Tucano MK1 turbo-prop aeroplane, registered in Mr Horner’s name, came down in Southern California on Monday at around 9.30am.
The musician’s assistant Sylvia Patrycja confirmed Mr Horner’s death on her Facebook page, writing: "He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road."
Mr Horner worked on the 1997 film Titanic, winning an Oscar for the best original dramatic score and for best original song, shared with lyricist Will Jennings, for “My Heart Will Go On” performed by Celine Dion.
Friends and former colleagues have taken to social media to tweet their condolences. Russell Crowe, who worked with the composer on A Beautiful Mind, tweeted the following:
My sincere condolences to the family, loved ones and friends of James Horner. #abeautifulmind— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) June 23, 2015
Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015
Incredibly saddened to hear about the loss of James Horner. I grew up loving his work. He leaves behind a spectacular musical legacy.— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 23, 2015
Sad news about James Horner. He wrote some amazing music. The Rocketeer will always be one of my favourites. RIP http://t.co/wlw7ugWt96— Tom Fletcher (@tommcfly) June 23, 2015
Brilliant composer JAMES HORNER, friend and collaborator on many movies, has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart is with his family.— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) June 23, 2015
There is nothing that shaped my movie-going experience more than the musical genius of James Horner. He will live on through the ages.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 23, 2015
James Horner helped define my love of cinema as a child. One of the greatest film composers of all time. So tragic if he is gone.— Richard Kelly (@JRichardKelly) June 23, 2015
RIP #JamesHorner , composer most famous for score of Titanic. Got to know this wonderful and warm human being when he scored Four Feathers,— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) June 23, 2015
Born in 1953 in Los Angeles, Mr Horner trained at the Royal College of Music in London before his return to California where he studied a degree in music at the University of South California.
His first Oscar nomination was for the score of Aliens, and he would go on to write the music for more than 100 films – including Apollo 13, Patriot Games, Enemy at the Gates, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and Avatar – and in the course of his career he won two Golden Globes, three Satellite Awards, three Saturn Awards and was nominated for three Baftas.
A trained pilot, he owned a number of small aircraft. He is survived by his wife Sarah and their two daughters. The family have asked for privacy at this time.Reuse content