It has been confirmed that Oscar-winning composer James Horner died in a plane crash.
Reports surfaced earlier this week that a plane belonging to Mr. Horner had crashed and the pilot had been killed, but it was not confirmed whether the pilot was Horner. Now the composer’s agent Michael Gorfaine has released a statement saying that Horner was killed.
“It is with the deepest regret and sorrow that we mourn the tragic passing of our dear colleague, long-time client and great friend, composer James Horner,” the statement read, according to CBS. “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.”
Horner won the Oscar for Best Original Score for his work on the 1997 movie “Titanic” and Best Original Song with lyrics by Will Jennings for the “Titanic” song “My Heart Will Go On.” He was also nominated for Oscars for his scores for the films “Avatar,” “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13,” “Braveheart,” and “Field of Dreams,” among other nods.
The prolific composer still has work that has yet to be released in movie theaters. Horner did the music for the film “Southpaw,” which is coming out this July and stars Jake Gyllenhaal as boxer Billy Hope, who must regain his boxing prowess in order to win back his family. “James Horner’s synth score adds to the film’s brooding tenor,” Variety writer Justin Chang wrote of the music.
Horner also composed the score for the film “Wolf Totem,” a Chinese-language film that is scheduled to be released in American theaters this September. In an early review, The Hollywood Reporter writer Boyd van Hoeij wrote that a scene in the film “offers a solid showcase of not only James Horner’s strings and, later, brass-dominated score, which expertly ratchets up the tension.”
Another forthcoming film where audience members will get to hear Horner’s work is the film “The 33,” which will be released this November and is based on the 2010 mining incident in Chile in which all 33 miners were saved. According to TheWrap, actors Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche, Gabriel Byrne, and Lou Diamond Phillips are set to star in the movie.