If you've gone to the movies, you know James Horner. You may not know his name, though with 158 credits as composer, if you stayed to the end of a movie you definitely have seen it pop up more times than not. But you definitely know his music. The 61-year-old award-winning composer died in a plane crash on Monday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter and Horner's assistant Sylvia Patrycja, he was piloting a small aircraft 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, when the plane crashed and he was killed.
This is, without a doubt, awful news.
Horner is probably best known for the 27-million copy selling soundtrack to "Titanic," but his career also included everything from "Avatar" (he was working on the upcoming sequels) and "The Amazing Spider-Man," to "Braveheart," "A Beautiful Mind," and "Aliens."
Horner had 10 Oscar nominations, three films coming out this year -- including "Southpaw," which hits theaters in a month -- and will be remembered forever through his beautiful music.