Brow Beat

Oscar-Winning Titanic Composer James Horner Is Dead After Plane Crash

Composer James Horner at the Hollywood premiere of Avatar on December 16, 2009.  

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

James Horner, the mind behind the award-winning soundtracks of TitanicBraveheart, and Field of Dreams, is missing after a plane registered in his name crashed Monday morning outside Santa Barbara, California. Horner, a long-time aviator, hasn’t been seen or heard from since the crash was spotted.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed that only one person was on board the plane, and authorities who responded to the scene report that the pilot, still unidentified, was killed. The cause of the crash is unknown, but it sparked a one-acre brush fire that rescue crews subdued.

Horner, respected in the concert hall even before writing film scores, is one of Hollywood’s most lauded composers, winning two Oscars and dozens more nominations in his 30-year career.

Update, June 23, 2015: James Horner been confirmed dead. He was 61.