A host of celebrities have paid tribute to composer James Horner, who has died in a plane crash.
The 61-year-old star passed away yesterday when his single-engine plane came down in Southern California. The accident took place in the Los Padres National Forest at 9.30am local time, according to Ventura County fire spokesman Mike Lindbery, with fire crews called to put out the flames.
James’ assistant Sylvia Patrycja confirmed the news on Facebook.
“We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent,” she wrote. “He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road.”
James is best known for his work on 1997 movie Titanic, for which he won two Oscars and is the best-selling movie score of all time. The composer’s other movie credits include Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Legend of Zorro, and he has won several other major awards including two Golden Globes.
He had been working on the Avatar sequels at the time of his death, and he provided the music for the upcoming Jake Gyllenhaal movie Southpaw.
James is survived by his wife and two children, with a number of Hollywood’s A-list quick to share their sadness at his death on 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 wrote.
Kirstie Alley recalled: “I”m so sad to hear about James Horner..He scored the first movie I did..Star Trek 2…great composer..great person…huge loss (sic).”
Debra Messing called James a “master” whose talent will always be remembered, with Ron Howard also paying tribute.
“Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones (sic),” he wrote.
James’ family have asked for privacy.
– Cover Media0