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Aliens Composer James Horner Dies In Plane Crash

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.”

James Horner, composer for Aliens, dies 22nd June 15 in plane crash.  Aliens Composer James Horner Dies In Plane Crash

James Horner, composer for Aliens, dies 22nd June 15 in plane crash.

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.

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Comments: 26
  1. ADC
    Really sad news. What a great composer. Love his stuff. He was going to start on Avatar 2-4 later in the year. They'll surely miss his talent. Rest in peace, Mr Horner and thanks for your incredibly memorable music.
  2. Vader_the_White
    I just can't believe it. While I may have poked at some of his tendencies in films scores, especially recycling themes wholesale, but I did enjoy his scores, especially in an age where film scores are mostly noise, and it is just a shock that this happened. He will be missed.
  3. Xenomorphine
    A true musical legend who uplifted the souls of millions through his powerfully sweeping and often emotionally hitting work. Last year, Giger. Today, Horner.

    A big thank you for all those wonderfully melodic memories, James. Your passion will live on.

    I know it's not from 'Aliens', but a certain nostalgic song of his seems very appropriate now.

  4. Corporal Hicks
    Wow. This is just horrible. My heart and thoughts go out to James' family and friends in this difficult time. I don't know if it's just me but it certainly seems that a lot of prolific members of the film community are dying this year.
  5. Samayel
    Shocking, my fave composer of all time will be sorely missed. Horner's Wrath of Khan, Search for Spock and Krull are the most played soundtracks in my collection. I clearly remember the first time I heard his work, the main title of Battle Beyond the Stars back 1980, and was totally hooked.

    RIP genius.
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