The death of James Horner, the Oscar-winning composer of ‘Titanic’ and ‘Braveheart’ and many other memorable film scores has brought forth an outpouring of reactions on Twitter as Hollywood stars, celebrities and public figures express condolences, share tributes and memories. Here is a roundup of what is being said of the revered film composer.
The sad news broke on Tuesday morning, June 23rd that the 61-year-old James Horner was killed in a plane crash, and he was the pilot and sole occupant of the plane which crashed in Los Padres National Forest in California. The shock of the news was quite palpable in major media and in social media as reports came in of a crash, and as finally, the death was confirmed via a statement on Facebook by his assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, which said in part, “We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart.”
And indeed, we have. James Horner was a towering figure in Hollywood as the composer of so many memorable scores. Before ‘Titanic’ and ‘Braveheart,’ he had already made his mark with the triumphant symphonic music of most of the original ‘Star Trek’ movies, notably ‘Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan’ and ‘Star Trek III: The Search for Spock.’ And there were followed by the scores for a wide range of movies from ‘Apollo 13′ to ‘A Beautiful Mind’ to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ to ‘Avatar’ just to name a few of the dozens.
And yes, we will always remember the ‘Titanic’ score and Celine Dion’s soaring voice singing ‘My Heart Will Go On’ as a shared pop culture moment. It was that score that won the late great composer two Oscars, for Best Original Dramatic Score and Best Original Song.
As is always the case, social media has become a virtual memorial as numerous people share remembrances — Hollywood stars, music artists, celebrities, public figures and fans pay tribute to the passing of a legendary figure.
Here is a roundup of what is being said.
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 23, 2015
Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015
There is nothing that shaped my movie-going experience more than the musical genius of James Horner. He will live on through the ages.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 23, 2015
Incredibly saddened to hear about the loss of James Horner. I grew up loving his work. He leaves behind a spectacular musical legacy.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) June 23, 2015
“Rene and I are deeply saddened by the tragic death of James Horner. We will miss him.” http://t.co/7BRTs0phWD
— Celine Dion (@celinedion) June 23, 2015
To work with James Horner was one of the biggest moments of my life. He was such a kind soul, I’m so saddened
— Leona Lewis (@leonalewis) June 23, 2015
My sincere condolences to the family, loved ones and friends of James Horner. #abeautifulmind
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) June 23, 2015
R.I.P James Horner. U were one insanely gifted composer and writer. Braveheart, Avatar, Titanic-ur music was inspiring & will continue 2 be
— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) June 23, 2015
— Rita Wilson (@RitaWilson) June 23, 2015
Blessings above to the incredible James Horner. Your legacy will forever be the soundtracks to my childhood, thoughts, and day dreams X
— Jessica Veronica (@Jessicaveronica) June 23, 2015
We lost a MASTER today. RIP James Horner. Your music will live forever… https://t.co/qi4n0hiX0d
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) June 23, 2015
Reactions to the death of continue to pour in, as continue to be trending topics on Twitter and many continue to share their thoughts, memories, appreciation for the brilliant film composer James Horner who is no longer among us.
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