James Horner’s work tends to stick out more than some other film composers, and even if you don’t know him by name, just about everyone has seen multiple films that he has been involved with.
The art of film scoring has been developing over the years to the point where his name, along with John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and Howard Shore, have become household names due to their incredible work on film over the years.
Horner died in a plane crash on Monday at the age of 61. There was a single-engine private plane registered in his name that crashed in Southern California on Monday, killing the plane’s pilot.
Many actors and directors have already shared their condolences for the great composer over Twitter.
There is nothing that shaped my movie-going experience more than the musical genius of James Horner. He will live on through the ages.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 23, 2015
Incredibly saddened to hear about the loss of James Horner. I grew up loving his work. He leaves behind a spectacular musical legacy.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 23, 2015
James Horner’s body was burned beyond recognition according to a source’s report to NBC News. He was missing and feared dead after the reported crash, which also started a one-acre brush fire.
The news of his death was officially confirmed by his assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, via a post on Facebook.
Horner is known to many people for his great work with music used in blockbuster films such as Titanic, Avatar, Aliens, Apollo 13, Braveheart, and many others. He worked with some of the biggest names in film including George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, and Ron Howard.
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
Throughout his career, he received eight Academy Award nominations and won 2 of them, both for Titanic, including a songwriting credit that he shared with Will Jennings on “My Heart Will Go On,” performed by Celine Dion.
James Horner helped define my love of cinema as a child. One of the greatest film composers of all time. So tragic if he is gone.
— Richard Kelly (@JRichardKelly) June 23, 2015
I still listen to 'The land before time' soundtrack on set when I need a good cry. Big part of my childhood. #RIPJamesHorner
— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) June 23, 2015
James Horner was born on August 14th, 1953 in Los Angeles and he was raised London. He returned to LA for school and attended USC where he received a bachelor’s degree in music and a post-graduate degree from UCLA.