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Sad News: Composer James Horner’s Agency Confirms He Died in Plane Crash

Jun 23, 2015  •  Post A Comment

“Late [today, Tuesday, June 23, 2015, James] Horner’s spokesman, the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, confirmed that he was the pilot of the EMB 312 Tucano that crashed in northern Ventura County,” reports The New York Times.

Earlier, authorities said the pilot of that plane had been killed in the crash, but it hadn’t been possible to identify the pilot. Thus in an earlier story we reported that Horner was feared dead.

Horner did some composing for TV – most notable the “CBS Evening News” theme when Katie Couric anchored that broadcast – he was best known for his music for movies.

According to the Times story, “Mr. Horner, a music scholar who taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, may be best remembered for his ‘Titanic’ score and the megahit song from the soundtrack, ‘My Heart Will Go On.’ But ‘Titanic’ was just one of more than 100 films that featured his music, including some of the biggest box-office hits of recent decades: ‘Cocoon,’ ‘Field of Dreams,’ ‘Glory,’ ‘Legends of the Fall,’ ‘Braveheart,’ ‘Apollo 13,’ ‘A Beautiful Mind,’ two installments of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise and, besides ‘Titanic,’ two other blockbusters by the director James Cameron, ‘Aliens’ and ‘Avatar.’”

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