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James Horner, A Giant Among Movie Music Composers, Is Feared Dead

Composer James Horner, seen here at a movie premiere in 2012, is believed to have died in a plane crash.

The creator of iconic movie scores for films such as Titanic, Glory, Braveheart, and Apollo 13 is feared dead, after a plane registered to composer James Horner crashed on Monday with one person aboard.

Horner, 61, had reportedly been flying his own single-engine plane Monday; it was found to have crashed in an area some 60 miles from Santa Barbara.

There's been no official confirmation that Horner has died. Investigating agencies have not identified the pilot, who did not survive.

On Monday, Horner's assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, posted a message saying:

"A great tragedy has struck my family today, and I will not be around for a while. I would like some privacy and time to heal. 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. Love Sylvia."

Horner composed scores for more than 70 films, including two entries in the Star Trek franchise to the Russell Crowe film A Beautiful Mind and the well-loved Field of Dreams. A breakthrough came in 1986, when Horner received multiple awards for his work on the 1986 film An American Tail — including co-writing the song "Somewhere Out There." In the years that followed, accolades poured in.

Always prolific, Horner was particularly productive during the 1990s; he won 6 of his 12 Grammy Awards in the decade. And in 1996, he was nominated for Academy Awards for two films: Apollo 13 and Braveheart. A year later, he won two Oscars for his work on Titanic: one for the score and another for the Celine Dion song "My Heart Will Go On."

More recently, Horner had composed the scores of films such as Avatar — for frequent collaborator James Cameron — and The Amazing Spider-Man. His work is also in upcoming films, including the boxing film Southpaw.

Horner's father, the Czech-born Harry Horner, was a noted Hollywood production designer whose wide-ranging career also included stints helping to stage plays and musicals on Broadway, according to the IMDB.

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