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Composer James Horner confirmed dead after plane crash

06.23.2015

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Composer James Horner, who crafted scores for a number of classics over the years such as GLORY, BRAVEHEART, APOLLO 13 and TITANIC, died Monday morning at 61 when the aircraft he was piloting went down outside of Santa Barbara. The plane was registered under Horner's name but identification was only recently made and then confirmed by his assistant, Sylvia Patrycja.

James Horner's assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, on his passing:

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.
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Any death is a hard loss, but when it comes to some in the entertainment industry, it's usually a hard loss for many. There may not be a lot of composers everyone will know off the top of their head, but Horner wrote some beautiful scores that stuck with the mainstream consciousness. From STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN to ALIENS to AN AMERICAN TAIL to AVATAR and beyond, he wrote music that inspired us. He knew how to crank up the adrenaline and the emotional factor to give films that heightened sense of reality that we all love. We may not have all known him personally, but we all know and love his work.

James Horner has three films yet to be released that he's already written the music for. First up is Antoine Fuqua's SOUTHPAW, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, which will hit on July 24th. Following that will be Jean-Jacques Annaud's WOLF TOTEM, due to hit on September 11th. Lastly, we have Patricia Riggen's THE 33, which will be released on November 13th.

Our hearts go out to his family, his friends, and everyone else who shared an emotional experience because of his music. Rest in peace, James Horner.

I'll forever remember watching GLORY in middle school and being absolutely devastated by the ending, and unable to shake the music playing over the end credits.

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1:05AM on 06/25/2015

Rest in peace

James was a really great composer. Through his beautiful music soundtracks, he will live forever.
James was a really great composer. Through his beautiful music soundtracks, he will live forever.
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6:51AM on 06/24/2015
Awful news, the film industry has lost one of its greatest talents and we have lost a fantastic musician. Probably one of the most diverse composers in the industry, going from sci-fi (Aliens) to animated Epics like the Land before Time.
Very sad news.
Awful news, the film industry has lost one of its greatest talents and we have lost a fantastic musician. Probably one of the most diverse composers in the industry, going from sci-fi (Aliens) to animated Epics like the Land before Time.
Very sad news.
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11:53PM on 06/23/2015

Oh my god! No!!!!!

I can't believe that I am just now hearing about this. I was on Joblo last night and this morning and I did not see anything about this until now!
James Horner was one of my absolute favorites! One of the last movie composers who actually uses a full orchestra to it's full potential. No matter what the film was, a grand epic like Titanic or a simple kids cartoon like An American Tail, Horner made every piece of music sound so majestic that his death will make the music of the world now sound
I can't believe that I am just now hearing about this. I was on Joblo last night and this morning and I did not see anything about this until now!
James Horner was one of my absolute favorites! One of the last movie composers who actually uses a full orchestra to it's full potential. No matter what the film was, a grand epic like Titanic or a simple kids cartoon like An American Tail, Horner made every piece of music sound so majestic that his death will make the music of the world now sound a little more empty.
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1:11PM on 06/23/2015

RIP

One of my favorite composers. I listen to the Krull soundtrack every time I do the dishes. So underrated, makes me feel like I'm 10 again
One of my favorite composers. I listen to the Krull soundtrack every time I do the dishes. So underrated, makes me feel like I'm 10 again
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1:00PM on 06/23/2015
Didn't he also work on the Star Trek films?
Didn't he also work on the Star Trek films?
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11:12AM on 06/23/2015
Sad news. He was a fantastic composer. The first "Land Before Time" is still one of my favorite kids movies from back in the day and a lot of that is from the score. His scores are fantastic. Great loss to the industry.

Sad news. He was a fantastic composer. The first "Land Before Time" is still one of my favorite kids movies from back in the day and a lot of that is from the score. His scores are fantastic. Great loss to the industry.

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10:56AM on 06/23/2015

Sucks!

Not usually one to talk about this but one of my favorite things in life is music that touches me emotionally. James Horner could do that. The ending of Braveheart is probably one of the best ever put in a movie and it's largley due to Horners music which elevates the scene so much you ignore all the flaws.

Even Amazing Spiderman. While Danny Elfman will always be responsable for the definitive Spiderman score Horners was soldi and the music used in the emotional scenes was really
Not usually one to talk about this but one of my favorite things in life is music that touches me emotionally. James Horner could do that. The ending of Braveheart is probably one of the best ever put in a movie and it's largley due to Horners music which elevates the scene so much you ignore all the flaws.

Even Amazing Spiderman. While Danny Elfman will always be responsable for the definitive Spiderman score Horners was soldi and the music used in the emotional scenes was really beatiful and moving. The first time I watched it and Dennis Leary dies I didn't care a whole lot, but on repeat viewings I've realied just how much that music really lends a gravitas and emotion to the sequence.

If you can create beuty like that you are a geius and he will be missed.
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10:23AM on 06/23/2015
Near, far, wherever you are James... rest in peace.
Near, far, wherever you are James... rest in peace.
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9:32AM on 06/23/2015
So tragic. What an amazing talent. His music in Titanic is some of the best film music ever.
So tragic. What an amazing talent. His music in Titanic is some of the best film music ever.
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7:53AM on 06/23/2015
Braveheart was probably my favorite of his. But also so many good scores that made emotional scenes that much better. A sad sad loss.
Braveheart was probably my favorite of his. But also so many good scores that made emotional scenes that much better. A sad sad loss.
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7:02AM on 06/23/2015
Very sad news. He's done some of my absolute favorite scores of all time: Braveheart, Titanic, Land Before Time, Rocketeer, Zorro, Legends of the Fall, The New World, Casper, Apollo 13, etc. So many classics. He will be missed.
Very sad news. He's done some of my absolute favorite scores of all time: Braveheart, Titanic, Land Before Time, Rocketeer, Zorro, Legends of the Fall, The New World, Casper, Apollo 13, etc. So many classics. He will be missed.
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4:37AM on 06/23/2015

He was one of my favourites! :(

Casper, The Land Before Time, Braveheart, Titanic, Avatar, The Amazing Spider-Man, A Beautiful Mind were some of his best work.
Casper, The Land Before Time, Braveheart, Titanic, Avatar, The Amazing Spider-Man, A Beautiful Mind were some of his best work.
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4:27AM on 06/23/2015

VAYA CON DIOS

VAYA CON DIOS
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4:00AM on 06/23/2015
RIP.
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I enjoyed his soundtracks.
RIP.
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I enjoyed his soundtracks.
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3:25AM on 06/23/2015

Very, very sad

I grew up with his stuff. Especially Star Trek II, Krull, and Aliens. He laid the foundation from which I compare other composers. RIP.
I grew up with his stuff. Especially Star Trek II, Krull, and Aliens. He laid the foundation from which I compare other composers. RIP.
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3:14AM on 06/23/2015
For me personally, he isn't a household name like Hans Zimmer or John Williams. I don't even recall ever hearing his name before today but I know and love a lot of the films he has worked on and there is no denying the quality of his scores.
For me personally, he isn't a household name like Hans Zimmer or John Williams. I don't even recall ever hearing his name before today but I know and love a lot of the films he has worked on and there is no denying the quality of his scores.
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2:23AM on 06/23/2015
wow just got home from work to this news being listening to his scores since Star Trek II RIP :(
wow just got home from work to this news being listening to his scores since Star Trek II RIP :(
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2:10AM on 06/23/2015
Crappy day - first Hannibal got cancelled and this tragic news. He's a great composer. One of the best. His Apollo 13 score is beautiful yet haunting at the same time. Rest in peace, Mr. Horner. We had lost a great one.
Crappy day - first Hannibal got cancelled and this tragic news. He's a great composer. One of the best. His Apollo 13 score is beautiful yet haunting at the same time. Rest in peace, Mr. Horner. We had lost a great one.
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2:00AM on 06/23/2015
Terrible news... i am still a cd purchaser and Movie Scores make up a strong portion of my collection. ..I own several James Horner scores. Apollo 13 and Titanic are classics but my favorite has to be his work on Field of Dreams... such a beautiful score yet very creepy when it needed to be. A true loss in the industry
Terrible news... i am still a cd purchaser and Movie Scores make up a strong portion of my collection. ..I own several James Horner scores. Apollo 13 and Titanic are classics but my favorite has to be his work on Field of Dreams... such a beautiful score yet very creepy when it needed to be. A true loss in the industry
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1:05AM on 06/23/2015
Just when this day couldn't get any sadder. RIP James Horner.
Just when this day couldn't get any sadder. RIP James Horner.
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11:54AM on 06/23/2015
Very saddened to hear the news. James Horner may be gone, but his music will live on forever! <3
Very saddened to hear the news. James Horner may be gone, but his music will live on forever! <3
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