Oscar-winning Titanic composer dies in plane crash

2015-06-23 07:05

Ventura  — Oscar-winning Titanic composer James Horner died in a plane crash Monday in Southern California. He was 61 years old.

It was earlier reported that a small plane registered to the composer had gone down but the identity of the pilot had not been confirmed.

Sylvia Patrycja, his personal assistant confirmed his death on Facebook.

The crash happened at about 09:30 near Quatal Canyon in Los Padres National Forest, Ventura County fire spokesman Mike Lindbery said.

The plane was an S-312 Tucano MK1 turbo-prop with two seats, said Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

Crews extinguished a fire that erupted in vegetation surrounding the remote crash site, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

Horner has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning two for 1997's best picture, Titanic. He composed the film's score and its enduring theme song, My Heart Will Go On, sung by Celine Dion.

His scores for Alien, Apollo 13, Field of Dreams, Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, House of Sand and Fog and Avatar also earned Oscar nods, as did his original song, Somewhere Out There, from An American Tail.

Celebrities have taken to Twitter to express their condolences.

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