'Titanic' Composer James Horner dies in plane crash

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James Horner, Oscar-Winning 'Titanic' Composer, Dies In Plane Crash

Celebrated composer James Horner, best known for his Oscar-winning score for Titanic, died in a tragic plane crash on Monday. Horner was 61.

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LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Madonna presents the Oscar to James Horner after he and his partner Will Jennings won in the Best Original Song Category for the song from the movie Titanic ' My Heart Will Go On' during the 70th Academy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium 23 March. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: ABBEY RD STUDIOS Photo of James HORNER, composer, with sheet music at mixing desk while working on score to Braveheart film (Photo by Phil Dent/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: ABBEY RD STUDIOS Photo of James HORNER, composer, conducting orchestra in recording studio, working on score to Braveheart film (Photo by Phil Dent/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES - JUNE 9: Composer James Horner and actor Kevin Costner attend the 15th Anniversary DVD Release Celebration of 'Field of Dreams' on June 9, 2004 at West Hollywood Park, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 27: James Horner attends the world premiere of Titanic 3D at The Royal Albert Hall on March 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Composer James Horner arrives at the 'Titanic 3D' UK film premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, West London, Tuesday, March 27, 2012. The re-launch of the Titanic 3D version comes 15 years after the film was a huge box office hit. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 23: Composer James Horner holds his two Oscars for Best Original Song for 'My Heart Will Go On' and Best Dramatic Score for Titanic at the 70th Annual Academy Awards 23 March in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo credit should read HAL GARB/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Songwriters Will Jennings (R) and James Horner (L) pose with their Grammy for Song of the Year for the 'Titanic' movie theme song 'My Heart Will Go On' sung by Celine Dion at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles 24 February. (Electronic Image) AFP PHOTO Vince BUCCI/mn (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 27: Composer James Horner attends day 3 of the 2011 Doha Tribeca Film Festival on October 27, 2011 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Doha Film Institute)
Jeff Goldblum, far left, and Faye Dunaway, far right, pose after presenting James Horner, second from left, and Will Jennings the award for Best Original Song for "My Heart Will Go On" at the 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sunday, Jan. 18, 1998. The song is from the motion picture "Titanic." (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 07: Composer James Horner arrives at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards held at Kodak Theatre on March 7, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
DOHA, QATAR - OCTOBER 25: Composer James Horner speaks during the 'Black Gold' press junket at the Press Centre during day 1 of the 2011 Doha Tribeca Film Festival on October 25, 2011 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images for Doha Film Institute)
LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES: Songwriters Will Jennings (R) and James Horner (L) pose with their Grammy for Song of the Year for the 'Titanic' movie theme song 'My Heart Will Go On' sung by Celine Dion at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles 24 February. (Electronic Image) AFP PHOTO Vince BUCCI/mn (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)
James Horner The US Premiere of TROY at the Ziegfeld Theater, New York City. May 10, 2004 rtnSpellman/MediaPunch /IPX
Producer Michael London and James Horner during 'House of Sand and Fog' - New York Premiere - Arrivals at Chelsea West Theatre in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 16: Composer James Horner arrives at the premiere of The Missing at Loews Lincoln Square on November 16, 2003, in New York City. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/Getty Images)
Sir Ben Kingsley and James Horner, composer during World Premiere of DreamWorks' 'House of Sand And Fog' at ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
FILE - In this Feb. 24, 1999 file photo, composer James Horner, is shown at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Horner was nominated for an Oscar, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, for best original score for his work in the film, "Avatar." The 82nd Academy Awards will be presented on March 7. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
James Horner, who won two Oscars for Best Original Dramatic Score and Original Song for the movie "Titanic", arrives at the "Titanic" party in Beverly Hills, Calif., Tuesday, March 24, 1998. "Titanic" walked away with a record-tying 11 Oscars. (AP Photo/Gerard Burkhart)
James Horner during James Horner Scores 'The Legend of Zorro' - Recording Session - June 16, 2005 at Todd-AO Scoring in Studio City, United States. (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
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A plane registered to Horner crashed in North Ventura County on Monday morning at about 9:30 a.m., and the pilot was killed. It was not immediately clear if Horner was on the plane.

Horner's death was later confirmed by his assistant Sylvia Patrycja in a post on Facebook.


Horner's attorney Jay Cooper told NBC L.A. that the acclaimed composer owned five aircrafts, including two helicopters. Cooper added that Horner was an "experienced" pilot.

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Horner won two Oscars for his work on Titanic, one for Best Original Score and the other for Best Song, having written the music for the Celine Dion hit "My Heart With Go On."

Horner received seven other Oscar nominations and is remembered for his work on such beloved classics as Field of Dreams, Legends of the Fall, Braveheart, Aliens, Apollo 13, Jumanji and A Beautiful Mind, among hundreds of others.

Horner was also the go-to composer for director James Cameron, including Avatar, as well as filmmakers Ron Howard and Mel Gibson. He had scored several upcoming movies, including Southpaw and The 33.

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