Oscar-winning film score composer James Horner was killed when his small plane crashed in California yesterday, his assistant has confirmed. "We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent," his assistant wrote on Facebook, per the New York Daily News. "He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road." The 61-year-old was the only person in the plane, which sparked a brush fire when it crashed around 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, CBS Los Angeles reports.
Horner, who won an Oscar for the score for Titanic and another for co-writing "My Heart Will Go On," was one of the most successful movie composers of all time and wrote scores for more than 100 films, including Braveheart, Avatar, Apollo 13, and Field of Dreams. Tributes poured in from Hollywood as soon as the death was confirmed, the BBC reports:
- "Last time I spoke to JH he was scoring for a kid at AFI," tweeted Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb. "2 Oscars and he agreed to score a student film! What generosity."
- "Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash," tweeted Ron Howard. "My heart aches for his loved ones."
- "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 Rob Lowe.