It is with a heavy heart that we bring news that, earlier today, famous film composer James Horner lost his life in a plane crash in Santa Barbara, California. When Variety reported on the incident earlier, it was only clear that the private plane was the property of Horner and that the then-unidentified pilot had been killed. Speculation has run rampant since and official confirmation has not yet been made. According to a statement by his assistant, as well as what we have heard from our own industry connections, it appears that it was indeed Mr. Horner himself who perished in the crash.
An esteemed veteran film composer who had worked in the industry since the late 1970s, James Horner created an impressive body of work that spanned across numerous genres and mediums. From action (48 Hrs., Commando) to drama (Apollo 13, A Beautiful Mind) to high adventure (The Rocketeer, The Mask of Zorro) to historical epics (Braveheart, Titanic), Horner excelled musically at almost every subject he put his mind to. And then, of course, there are his contributions to our own favorite genres.
Horner was no stranger to science fiction, fantasy, and horror; crafting the scores to some of our most beloved classic and cult favorites. Aliens, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Wolfen, Humanoids from the Deep, Krull, Willow, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Avatar, and even Hocus Pocus are but a few from his countless contributions to the cinema of the fantastique and all contain themes that continue strike a chord with this writer today.
Rest in peace, Mr. Horner. You will be missed and your work will never be forgotten.