Did film music composer James Horner die in a plane crash Monday morning?
That is the question that many people are asking as the world waits for the confirmed identity of the pilot killed in a plane crash west of Santa Barbara, California.
TMZ reports that the plane, a two-seater S312 Tucano MK1, went down at 9:30 a.m. The only passenger on-board was the pilot whose identity has not been confirmed yet.
‘Titanic’ Composer — Plane Registered to James Horner Crashes… Pilot Dead http://t.co/BQYTeTb9q5
— TMZ (@TMZ) June 23, 2015
The Associated Press reports that the plane crashed in the Los Padres National Forest, according to Ventura County fire spokesman Mike Lindbery.
TMZ reports that a brush fire was sparked by the plane crash – a fire which took most of the plane wreckage right along with it.
The single-engine turboprop plane was registered to the 61-year-old Oscar-winning composer.
According to the Associated Press, James Horner’s attorney Jay Cooper confirmed that the plane was not the only one owned by Titanic composer. It was apparently one of several different planes.
However, Cooper also claimed that no one has heard from Horner.
“It was his plane and if he wasn’t in it, he would have called.”
For over three decades, James Horner has pulled the heartstrings of movie fans and critics with his emotionally stirring musical scores.
Within his extensive list of film credits are such memorable films as Titanic, Apollo 13, Avatar, Alien, Field of Dreams and Braveheart.
Oh goodness. The Titanic Soundtrack has and always will be my favorite soundtrack. So terribly saddened to hear the news about James Horner.
— Ameena (@ameenamarie) June 23, 2015
James Horner’s themes are tiny miracles. Where would I be without Field of Dreams? Titanic? Apollo 13 was the second score I ever bought.
— bobby finger (@bobbyfinger) June 23, 2015
It’s hard to express how much a (musical) hero James Horner is to me. Holding out hope the reports are wrong
— Heteronormous Jones (@landertb) June 23, 2015
In March 1998, James Horner won Oscars for “Best Original Dramatic Score” for the 1997 film Titanic and “Best Original Song” for the Celine Dion hit “My Heart Will Go On.”
James Horner’s plane went down and the pilot was killed. There’s no positive identification yet. If you’ve seen… http://t.co/rGREEWpgCz
— bandtek (@bandtek) June 23, 2015
Along with the many dramatic films on which James Horner left his mark, he also worked on quite a few classic family films – including An American Tail, The Land Before Time, Jumanji and the 2000 Ron Howard-directed film How the Grinch Stole Christmas starring Jim Carrey.
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