UPDATE: Late Tuesday, James Horner’s representatives confirmed that the Oscar-winning composer died in a plane crash on Monday.
“It is with the deepest regret and sorrow that we mourn the tragic passing of our dear colleague, long-time client and great friend, composer James Horner,” the statement read. “Our thoughts and prayers are with James’ family at this difficult time, and also with the millions of people around the world who loved his music. A shining light has been extinguished, which can never be replaced. It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked with James since the inception of our agency. For more than three decades, his unique creative genius made an indelible imprint on each of our lives and on those of the entire Hollywood community. There is not a person in our GSA family who wasn’t touched by the power and reach of his music, and who isn’t diminished by his loss.”
More on Horner can be found here.
EARLIER: The agency that represents James Horner released a statement on Tuesday, after a plane registered to the composer crashed outside of Santa Barbara, California.
“Although we are all awaiting official confirmation that our dear friend and client James Horner was in fact the pilot, we are shocked and deeply saddened to learn that his single-engine aircraft was involved in a fatal crash yesterday morning in northern Ventura County,” the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers remain with James’ family at this difficult time. We can offer no further comment for the time being, except to ask that the family’s privacy be respected in the days ahead.”
The fixed wing single-engine plane, registered to Horner, crashed on Monday, killing the pilot. Horner remains unaccounted for at this time, but a woman reported to be Horner’s assistant posted on Facebook that “we have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent.” (She didn’t mention Horner by name.)
The two-time Oscar winner is best known for his scores from Titanic, Braveheart, Apollo 13 and Avatar.