Titanic music composer James Horner, 61, has been confirmed dead after a plane belonging to him crashed in Santa Barbara on Monday, according to reports starting to filter in. While The Inquisitr has previously reported on this developing story, as yet, no official statement has been made.
Here’s what we know for sure:
- On Monday, a single-engine aircraft – a S-312 Tucano MK1 two-seated turbo-prop – one of five air-crafts owned by flying enthusiast, James Horner, crashed near Santa Barbara.
- One person has been confirmed dead. While James Horner’s lawyer, who has been representing the composer for more than two decades, assumes the deceased pilot was James Horner.
- As yet, the cause of the crash is unknown.
- The Hollywood Reporter has reported that James Horner’s personal assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, has confirmed Jame Horner as deceased after she posted the following message via her Facebook page and updated her Facebook cover with an image that reads “He is not coming home tonight. Or ever again.”:
It is assumed, as a result of Sylvia’s post and The Hollywood Reporter article, that Horner is dead, and people are now offering their condolences via Twitter:
Reliable sources say that the pilot was James Horner. I’m just stunned. Stunned.
— Kristen R. (@kbfornow) 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
- According to Ventura County sheriff’s Capt. John Reilly, the plane crash occurred just before 9.30 a.m. on Quatal Canyon Road in Los Padres National Forest
- As yet, James Horner has been unaccounted for since the plane crash. His lawyer has stated that if James Horner were not involved in the plane crash, “he would have called.”
- The plane’s impact caused a small fire which burned up to two acres of forest area and had to be doused by fire crew before the wreckage could be reached.
James Horner is most well known for his work on the 1997 movie, Titanic, in which he received two Oscars. Alongside these, he won two Grammys and two Golden Globes for Titanic. This was not the first – or the last – time James Horner worked with director James Cameron though, the pair also collaborating on Avatar and Aliens. Currently he is reportedly working on musical scores for two planned sequels to Avatar as well as working on the upcoming movie, Southpaw, starring Jake Gyllenhall and Rachel McAdams.
Make sure you keep checking back with The Inquisitr as we keep you updated and informed about this developing story on James Horner.
[Image credits: Sylvia Patrycja Facebook page / Getty Images / Kevin Winter]