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Oscar-winning ‘Titanic’ composer James Horner dies in plane crash

The celebrated film composer passed away in a plane crash at the age of 61
Oscar-winning 'Titanic' composer James Horner dies in plane crash

James Horner, the man behind some of the most iconic film scores of the past few years, has sadly passed away in a plane crash at the age of 61.

According to a statement released by his colleagues at the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, James was piloting a single-engine aircraft when it crashed in northern Ventura County, California.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with James’ family at this difficult time, and also with the millions of people around the world who loved his music,” the statement continued.

The celebrated composer worked with director James Cameron on several of his movies, including the blockbusters Titanic, Avatar and Aliens. He also scored the films Braveheart, Apollo 13, Jumanji, Field of Dreams, A Beautiful Mind and House of Sand and Fog.

James won Oscars for Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song for his unforgettable work on Titanic, and received a total of eight Oscar nominations throughout his prolific career.

Celine Dion, who famously performed the composer’s song ‘My Heart Will Go On’, posted a statement on her website mourning the loss of her friend.

“Rene and I are shaken by the tragic death of James Horner, whom we considered a friend. We will always remember his kindness and great talent that changed my career. We send our prayers and deepest condolences to his family and friends,” she wrote.

More tributes for the composer have already started flowing in, with many of his longtime collaborators and admirers sharing their heartfelt messages on social media:

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