James Horner, a Giant Among Film Score Composers, Is Dead, Agents Say : The Two-Way : NPR
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In a statement Tuesday evening, the talent agency that represented Horner mourned “the tragic passing of our dear colleague.”
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to James’ family at this difficult time, and to the millions of people around the world who have loved his music. A bright light has gone out that can never be replaced,” said said the Gorfaine/ Schwartz agency read. “It has been an honor and a privilege to work with James since the inception of our agency. For more than three decades, his unique creative genius has left an indelible mark on each of our lives and on those of the entire Hollywood community.”
The creator of iconic film scores for films such as Titanic, Glory, Brave heart and Apollo 13 died, after a plane registered to composer James Horner crashed on Monday with one person on board.
Horner, 61, reportedly flew his own single-engine plane on Monday; it turned out to have crashed in an area about 60 miles from Santa Barbara.
There has been no official confirmation that Horner is deceased. Investigating agencies did not identify the pilot, who did not survive.
On Monday, Horner’s assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, posted a message saying:
“A great tragedy struck my family today, and I won’t be here for a while. I would like some privacy and time to heal. We have lost an incredible person with a huge heart and talent amazing. He died doing what he did. I love you. Thank you for all your support and love and see you soon. I love Sylvia.”
Horner has composed scores for more than 70 films, from two entries in the Star Trek franchise to the Russell Crowe film a beautiful spirit and the beloved field of dreams. A breakthrough came in 1986, when Horner received several awards for his work on the 1986 film An American tail — including co-writing the song “Somewhere Out There.” In the years that followed, the accolades poured in.
Always prolific, Horner was particularly productive in the 1990s; he won six of his 12 Grammy Awards over the decade. And in 1996, he was nominated for an Oscar for two films: Apollo 13 and Brave heart. A year later, he won two Oscars for his work on Titanic: one for the score and another for Celine Dion’s song “My Heart Will Go On”.
More recently, Horner had composed scores for 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 left-handed.
Horner’s father, Czech-born Harry Horner, was a famous Hollywood production designer whose extensive career included stints helping stage plays and musicals on Broadway, according to the IMDB.