One of Hollywood’s Most Famous and Successful Composers Dies in a Plane Crash

You may not know the name beyond seeing it in the credits of movies, but you sure know his film scoresTitanic. Braveheart. Avatar. Field of Dreams. A Beautiful Mind. Apollo 13. Aliens. All these films and more featured music composed by James Horner.

Horner, 61, died in a plane crash in California on Monday. He was flying his single-engine turbo-prop when something went wrong at around 9:30am local time while he was over the Las Padres National Forest about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles. His two-seater S-312 Tucano MK1 went down hard, spreading debris over at least an acre. The plane exploded on impact, igniting a fire in the surrounding vegetation.

The full story can be found here and here and here. Meanwhile, let’s hear this Horner composition one more time.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “One of Hollywood’s Most Famous and Successful Composers Dies in a Plane Crash

  • June 23, 2015 at 9:18 am

    One of my favorite composers. I love movie scores. I own at least 3 of his, (Titanic, Braveheart and Glory), maybe more.


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