Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood composer James Horner, who scored the Oscar-winning film “Titanic” and its megahit theme song “My Heart Will Go On”, was killed when the private plane he was piloting crashed in southern California, his agents confirmed on Tuesday. He was 61.
Horner was Jewish, and the son of Austrian Jewish immigrants.
Horner’s agents, Michael Gorfaine and Sam Schwartz, said his single-engine plane crashed in the Los Padres National Forest, north of Los Angeles, on Monday morning.
“For more than three decades, his unique creative genius made an indelible imprint on each of our lives and on those of the entire Hollywood community,” his agents said in a statement. “A shining light has been extinguished, which can never be replaced.”
Local fire authorities said on Monday that there was no one else onboard the plane when it crashed, sparking a small brush fire.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.