Do you still remember and hum the iconic Titanic song ‘My Heart Will Go On?’ Most of us only know that it was sung by Celine Dion, but it was renowned Hollywood music composer James Horner who provided the score for the globally sensational song. Sadly though, Horner, who won the Oscar for his beautiful rendition has died in a plane crash in Southern California.
From available reports, its seems that Horner, a trained pilot, was alone in the two-seater S312 Tucano MK1 single-engine turboprop plane, registered under his name, when it crashed in the Los Padres National Forest, north of Los Angeles and was immediately destroyed on impact. The tail section of the plane was discovered among the wreckage. The crash occurred on Monday June 22, which incidentally, was also his birthday.
The death of the iconic 61-year old composer was confirmed by Jay Cooper, a music industry attorney to Horner and his assistant Sylvia Patrycja who provided an official statement on Facebook, “We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road.”
Horner won two Oscars for his music in the Titanic song, ‘My Heart Will Go On’ – one for the film’s score and the other which was shared with lyricist Will Jennings for best original song. He also received a total of 10 Oscar nominations including ones for original music in the 1986 film Aliens and 2009 sci-fi film Avatar as well as two Golden Globe Awards, three Satellite Awards, three Saturn Awards, and has three nominations for the British Academy Film Awards.
His death led to widespread shock and an outpouring of tributes from people including Hollywood celebrities like director Ron Howard, actors Russell Crowe and Rob Lowe and film maker Seth MacFarlane as the industry tried to cope with the news. Prior to his untimely demise, Horner was working on music for three new movies Southpaw releasing this July, Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Wolf Totem arriving in September and The 33 due to hit the theatres sometime in November.
As Hollywood and the world mourn the loss of a talented artist, most of us will remember his beautiful scores in movies like:
- A Beautiful Mind
- Apollo 13
- The Karate Kid
- The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
- Mask of Zorro
- Bicentennial Man
- House of Sand and Fog
- The Lady in Red
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
- Red Heat
- The Rocketeer
- Patriot Games
- Searching for Bobby Fischer
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas
- The Amazing Spider-Man
- An American Tail