'Titanic' composer killed in plane crash
Hollywood composer James Horner, who scored the Oscar-winning film 'Titanic' and its mega-hit theme song 'My Heart Will Go On', has died in a plane crash in southern California.
The aircraft came down in the Los Padres National Forest, north of Los Angeles on Monday, triggering a fire that charred more than an acre of brush, local fire authorities said.
Star actors from Russell Crowe to Kirstie Alley took to Twitter to pay tribute to Mr Horner, after 'The Hollywood Reporter' and 'Variety' reported he had died in his private plane.
Director Ron Howard wrote: "Brilliant composer James Horner, friend and collaborator on seven movies, has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones."
Horner (61) won two Academy Awards for his work on 'Titanic', one for the score and one shared with lyricist Will Jennings for best original song, 'My Heart Will Go On', performed by Celine Dion.
Mr Horner also composed the music for 'Aliens', 'The Karate Kid', 'Apollo 13' 'Braveheart' and a string of other major films.
His scores for 'Avatar', 'A Beautiful Mind' and 'House of Sand and Fog' earned Oscar nominations.
Sylvia Patrycja, who is identified on Mr Horner's film music page as his assistant, wrote on Facebook: "We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved."
The Ventura County Fire Department said the plane crashed at 9.30am and there were no survivors. The cause of the crash was not immediately known.