James Roy Horner was an American composer, orchestrator, and conductor of film music. His score of James Cameron's Titanic is still the best selling orchestral film soundtrack of all time.
He provided the score for the 2012 reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man.
Horner's career accolades included two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, three Satellite Awards, three Saturn Awards, and three BAFTA Award nominations. He also provided the scores for the two highest grossing films of all time, Titanic and Avatar.
On June 22, 2015, Horner was killed in an airplane crash in the Los Padres National Forest. It was reported that he was the only person aboard the aircraft.
Many film directors who had collaborated with Horner during his career, as well as other composers and celebrities, expressed their sorrow at the news of his death.
Sylvia Patrycja, Horner's assistant, released the following statement via her Facebook page: "We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent [who] died doing what he loved."