James Horner, the composer for Aliens amongst many other films including Titanic, Star Trek 2: Wrath of Khan and Avatar, died in a plane crash on the 22nd of June. According to Hollywood Reporter, Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed “into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara.”
James Horner’s assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, confirmed Horner’s death via Facebook: “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.”
Posting on his own Facebook, Charles de Lauzirika, has posted up a lovely recounting of when he met James Horner during work on the Alien Quadrilogy set: “The only time I ever met James Horner was when I interviewed him for my ALIENS making-of documentary in the Alien Quadrilogy set in 2003.
Although I had occasional issues with some of his musical habits, his tastes often proved to be unapologetically emotional, effortlessly connecting directly to the human heart in ways that more sophisticated and original scores might have worked harder to do. I had heard he could be somewhat prickly about defending his work, so I went into our interview at CBS Radford Studio Center prepared to be polite.
Fortunately, he and I got along just fine, and he opened up our discussion into a very candid and enlightening interview. I found Horner to be painfully honest, surprisingly sweet, and genuinely passionate about his craft. I left our interview session feeling that it was one of the best interviews I had ever been a part of. I still feel that way. His impact as a film composer is indisputable.
RIP James Horner. May you go to The Place Where Dreams Come True…”
The hearts and thoughts of the Aliens vs. Predator Galaxy staff and community go out to James Horner’s family and friends in this difficult time. The film community has lost a wonderful and talented man.