James Horner, composer of critically acclaimed, well-loved scores like those to Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Aliens— for which he received his first Oscar nomination—, Titanic (winner for both Dramatic Score and Song), A Beautiful Mind and Avatar, died in a plane crash on June 22, 2015. He was 61. According to Variety, “The two-seater single-engine S312 Tucano crashed north of Santa Barbara about 9:30 Monday morning and sparked a brush fire that was extinguished by country fire crews. Horner, a trained pilot, was alone in the plane, which was completely destroyed.”
Horner’s many other compositions includes Krull, Patriot Games, Apollo 13 and Braveheart. Horner was nominated for an additional eight Oscars. He also won two Golden Globe Awards, three Satellite Awards, three Saturn Awards, and has been nominated for three British Academy Film Awards.