Movie lovers everywhere are mourning the loss of James Horner, the two-time oscar winning composer known for creating the iconic scores behind hollywood blockbusters like Apollo 13, Braveheart and Avatar. Horner died when the plane he was piloting crashed 60 miles north of Santa Barbara.
Horner's assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, confirmed his death, writing on Facebook, "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."
Although Horner was probably best known for his work on 1997's Titanic (it's him you can thank when "My Heart Will Go On" gets stuck in your head), his career spanned over 30 years and his work is featured in dozens of classic movies.
In a 2009 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Horner described his job as being "To make sure at every turn of the film it’s something the audience can feel with their heart...When we lose a character, when somebody wins, when somebody loses, when someone disappears — at all times I’m keeping track, constantly, of what the heart is supposed to be feeling. That is my primary role."
Horner truly had a gift for creating beautiful and heart-wrenching scores, and his loss will definitely be felt throughout Hollywood and beyond.
To remember and honor the talented composer we've compiled a playlist of a few of our favorite pieces by him, which you can listen to below.
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