‘Titanic’ Composer James Horner Dead At 61 After Plane Crash

James Horner, the Oscar-winning film composer of Titanic, is feared dead after a plane registered in his name crashed in Ventucopa, CA.

Jay Cooper, Horner’s lawyer, told NBC News that he has been trying to contact Horner to no avail since the crash and is reported missing.

“We know it’s his plane, and we know we haven’t heard from him,” Cooper told THR. “I’ve checked with the other reps.”

From CBS News:

The pilot of a small aircraft, which is believed to have been registered to famed film composer James Horner, was killed when the plane crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara on Monday.

It was not immediately clear whether or not the pilot was Horner himself.

Santa Barbara County Fire responded to the call at 9:30 a.m. and found a debris field that marked what was remained of the aircraft after the crash. No survivors were found.

Update: James Horner has been confirmed dead by his assistant Sylvia Patrycja. She wrote on Facebook:

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.

Horner won two Academy Awards for Titanic.

'Titanic' Composer James Horner Feared Dead After Plane Crash

Last March, veteran actor Harrison Ford crashed landed his plane on a golf course and was able to walk away with serious injuries.


This is distressing news. James Horner is one of my favorite composers ever as he scored some of the movies that shaped my high school years: Glory and Field of Dreams.

He literally provided the soundtrack to some of my most formidable years and I am gutted.

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