SANTA BARBARA, Calif.-A plane crash Monday near the California coastal town of Santa Barbara claimed the life of award-winning film composer James Horner, according to reports from The Hollywood Reporter.
The Los Angeles-based newspaper said Horner’s assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, confirmed his death via Facebook.
“We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent,” Patrycja wrote. “He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road.”
Horner was reportedly piloting his single engine aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, said THR.
In earlier reports the pilot had not been identified but officials did release the plane was registered to Horner and that only one person was one board at the time of the crash.
Horner, a Los Angeles native, won numerous Oscars including one for his work on the musical score for “Titanic”, which sold 27 million copies worldwide. His other work includes “Avatar”, “Alien”, “Braveheart”, “A Beautiful Mind”, “Apollo 11” and many more.
The cause of the plane crash remains under investigation with the National Transportation Safety Board.