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James Horner, the film composer known for his heart-tugging scores for Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic, for which he won two Academy Awards, died Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara, reports Hollywood Reporter.
He was 61.
His death was confirmed by Sylvia Patrycja, who is identified on Horner's film music page as his assistant.
"We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," Patrycja wrote on Facebook on Monday. "He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road."
According to the report, officials said Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara. An earlier report noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down, but the pilot had not been identified.