UPDATE (6/23, 12:16 am): According to The Hollywood Reporter, Horner's assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, confirmed his death with a Facebook post last night. May he rest in peace.
At 9:30 this morning (June 22), the Santa Barbara Country Fire Department responded to an emergency call. They found the remains of a plane registered to Titanic composer James Horner. The identity of the pilot has not been determined as of yet, but no one has had contact with Horner since.
Horner's attorney, Jay Cooper said, "“We know it’s his plane, and we know we haven’t heard from him."
It would seem that since it was his plane and no one has heard from him, James Horner is presumed dead. If this tragic news is true, this is indeed a sad day for the music industry. Horner composed scores for not only hits like Titanic and Avatar, but also the beautiful soundtracks to: Glory, The Perfect Storm, and Troy. Horner had a sound that you could identify in all of his work. I never had to look at the soundtrack to know it was his work, because he had a way with a score.
He will be missed dearly.
He leaves behind his wife, Sarah Horner.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
Take a listen to some of his magical but lesser-known work, on Troy.