Prolific Academy Award-winning composer James Horner has died.
James Horner, the consummate film composer known for his heart-tugging scores died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61.
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."
Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, officials said.
Horner was responsible for some of the most memorable soundtracks of the last 30 years, and was one of the top names in the industry, right alongside John Williams, Alan Silvestri, Hans Zimmer, and Howard Shore. Even if you can't name one of his films from memory, you've definitely heard them, probably in films like:Avatar
The Mask of Zorro
Legends of the Fall
Field of Dreams
*batteries not included
An American Tail
Something Wicked This Way Comes
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
A frequent collaborator with James Cameron and Mel Gibson, Horner was currently working on the scores to the Avatar
sequels. His contribution to the industry is immeasurable, and he will be dearly missed.