James Horner, a music composer who won an Oscar, had died in a plane accident in the vicinity of Santa Barbara on Monday morning. The 61-year-old composer's death was first announced on Facebook by Horner's assistant who wrote: "we have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved."
Horner was famous for its film music, most notably for Titanic, Braveheart, Avatar and so on. The American Film Academy nominated him for an Oscar as many as nine times, and he won two statues: for My Heart Will Go On and the entire titanic score.
Horner was an experienced pilot but his expertise did not save him from the tragedy. His small aircraft fell about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara. The plane was discovered after the fire department was informed about a bush fire sparked by fire coming from the crashed plane.
After he worked on several not so prominent films, Horner’s career took off when he did the score for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan in 1982. In the next eight years he continued to write music for blockbuster hits like Cocoon, Aliens, Glory, Field of Dreams and Somewhere Out There. The latter got an Oscar for original song and entire score. He also created music for The Beautiful Mind, House of Sand and Fog and Apollo 13.