Horner, com­poser for ‘Titanic,’ ‘Avatar,’ dies

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James Horner, the cel­e­brated com­poser of sev­eral Hol­ly­wood smash-hit films in­clud­ing “Titanic” and “Avatar,” died Mon­day in a plane crash at the age of 61, U.S. media re­ported.

Hol­ly­wood trade mag­a­zine Va­ri­ety re­ported the com­poser died when his per­sonal air­craft crashed in Santa Bar­bara, Cal­i­for­nia.

“Bril­liant Com­poser James Horner, friend & col­lab­o­ra­tor on 7 movies has trag­i­cally died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones,” wrote di­rec­tor and col­league Ron Howard on Twit­ter.

Horner won an Os­car for his work on the song “My Heart Will Go On” in his­tor­i­cal drama “Titanic.” He was also nom­i­nated for an Academy Award six times for block­buster movies in­clud­ing “Apollo 13,” “Brave­heart” and “Field of Dreams.”

Horner’s most re­cent Os­car nom­i­na­tion was for 2009’s sci-fi epic “Avatar,” di­rected by James Cameron.

1990’s Amer­i­can film touch­stones such as “Pa­triot Games,” “Search­ing for Bobby Fis­cher” and “Ju­manji” were also com­posed by Horner.

He won one Golden Globe and was nom­i­nated seven times.

Top ac­tors and di­rec­tors in the tele­vi­sion and film world paid trib­ute to Horner online.

“In­cred­i­bly sad­dened to hear about the loss of James Horner. I grew up lov­ing his work. He leaves be­hind a spec­tac­u­lar mu­si­cal legacy,” tele­vi­sion se­ries cre­ator Seth MacFar­lane tweeted.

“There is noth­ing that shaped my movie-go­ing ex­pe­ri­ence more than the mu­si­cal ge­nius of James Horner. He will live on through the ages,” tweeted ac­tor Rob Lowe.


In this March 27, 2012 file photo, com­poser James Horner ar­rives at the “Titanic 3D” UK film pre­miere at the Royal Al­bert Hall in Kens­ing­ton, West Lon­don.

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