Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Legendary Composer James Horner Dies in Plane Crash

Legendary Composer James Horner Dies in Plane Crash

Academy Award-winning composer James Horner passed away today at the age of 61 in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. According to his assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, Horner was piloting the small aircraft. Patrycja also posted this message on Facebook:
"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."
James Horner
James Horner's first score was composed in the late 1970s for the 1930's gangster film "The Lady in Red", but the first score to earn him proper recognition was the one for "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" in 1982. From there on his mainstream works included films like "48 Hrs", "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock", "Aliens" (which also earned him his first Academy Award nomination), "An American Tail", "Willow", "Cocoon", "The Land Before Time", "Glory", "Field of Dreams", "The Rocketeer", "Patriot Games", "Braveheart", "Apollo 13", "Titanic", "The Mask of Zorro", "The Perfect Storm", "A Beautiful Mind", "Troy", "Apocalypto", "Avatar", "The Karate Kid" and "The Amazing Spider-Man".

This incredible output earned the composer 10 Oscar nominations and two wins, both for "Titanic" (score and song), as well as 11 Grammy nods and 3 wins. His score for "Titanic" sold over 27 million copies worldwide, becoming the most successful primarily orchestral soundtrack in history.

This year, Horner's last scores can be heard in the films "The 33" and "Southpaw".

R.I.P. James Roy Horner.


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