James Horner, much-loved studio composer, has fallen at the age of 61. The story was first reported as an accident involving a small plane crash in a corner of Horner’s home Santa Barbara County, near the Ventura and Kern County borders. That Horner was at the controls was confirmed earlier this evening by an aide on Facebook.
Horner began his career as a film composer in 1979, with his musical score for The Lady in Red. He as won two Academy Awards for his work on James Cameron’s 1997 Titanic, one for Best Original Dramatic Score and another for Best Original Song for My Heart Will Go On, sung by Celine Dion.
Horner came to the attention of the sci-fi audience for his work in the Star Trek feature films, but his work has also formed the best part of hundreds of other films of our interest: Avatar, The Amazing Spider-Man, Braveheart, Krull, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Apollo 13, Captain EO, An American Tail, Willow, *batteries not included, Cocoon, Hocus Pocus, Wolfen and even the Roger Corman space opera Battle Beyond The Stars.
Krypton Radio plays many of his compositions from his many musical scores. The contribution Mr. Horner has made to the arts of music and motion picture creation shine a light that will never dim. We are very sad to have to announce news of his departure from this world.
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