On Monday, legendary film composer James Horner died in a plane crash near Santa Barbara in which he was apparently piloting. Horner, who composed classic films such as Aliens, Avatar, Apollo 13 and Titanic touched millions of people around the world with his unforgettable scores.
Céline Dion, who sang "My Heart Will Go On" co-written by Horner for the movie Titanic, said:
"Rene and I are deeply saddened by the tragic death of James Horner. He will always remain a great composer in our hearts. James played an important part in my career. We will miss him. We offer his family and friends our deepest sympathy."
"It is a tragedy for all composers to hear about James Horner's accident. We have lost one of our most talented and respected colleagues. His music will remain always."
Eight-time Oscar winning composer Alan Menken said:
"I count James Horner among the very best film composers of our generation. His work is stirring, emotionally powerful and broadly evocative. Although we only met on a few occasions, I will always cherish the memory of him and his wonderful work."
"James Horner was one of the great film composer legends. I can't help feeling that his passing marks the end of an era."
Following the tragic news of Horner's passing, Hollywood celebrities, frequent collaborators and friends of the musician reacted via https://twitter.com/|Twitter.
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
My sincere condolences to the family, loved ones and friends of James Horner. #abeautifulmind— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) June 23, 2015
"If we hold on together, I know our dreams will never die. Dreams see us through to forever." RIP James Horner. You'll be sadly missed.— James Wan (@creepypuppet) 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
I"m so sad to hear about James Horner..He scored the first movie I did..Star Trek 2...great composer..great person...huge loss— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) 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
STAR TREK II and ALIENS are two of my all-time favorite scores. Rest in peace to the great James Horner.— Todd Gilchrist (@mtgilchrist) June 23, 2015
James Horner helped define my love of cinema as a child. One of the greatest film composers of all time. So tragic if he is gone.— Richard Kelly (@JRichardKelly) June 23, 2015
James Horner's scores were rousing, but often w/ a strain of melancholy. Helped give even the biggest blockbusters intimacy & poetry.— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) June 23, 2015
My Favorite James Horner scores: Braveheart, Willow, Rocketeer, Apollo 13, Legends of the Fall, Aliens, Apocalypto, Krull, Titanic & Trek II— Kyle Newman (@kyle_newman) June 23, 2015
Khan. 48 Hrs. Something Wicked. Cocoon. Aliens. American Tail. Willow. Field of Dreams. Glory... James Horner helped score my childhood #RIP— Seth Grahame-Smith (@sethgs) June 23, 2015
The films James Horner scored were often sentimental, but his music was always emotional, and he understood the difference.— Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz) June 23, 2015
RIP James Horner. pic.twitter.com/XHroJYd2kA— Ryan Turek (@_RyanTurek) June 23, 2015
James Horner is a major loss. Composed many of my favorite scores. I know what I'll be listening to on my way to set in the morning. RIP.— Peter Atencio (@Atencio) June 23, 2015
So saddened by the loss of James Horner, an incredible inspiration and a brilliant composer. I just can't believe it.— Brian Tyler (@BrianTylerMusic) June 23, 2015
RIP James Horner. Thank U for the beautiful music. We will miss what beautiful music was yet to come— Diane Warren (@Diane_Warren) 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
Brilliant composer JAMES HORNER, friend and collaborator on many movies, has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart is with his family.— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) June 23, 2015
RIP #JamesHorner , composer most famous for score of Titanic. Got to know this wonderful and warm human being when he scored Four Feathers,— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) June 23, 2015
I am lucky to be able to say I was in a movie that was scored by #JamesHorner. Flights of angels dear sweet beautiful mind…— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) 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
A tragic loss to our industry. Grew up to his film scores. Prayers to his family & loved ones. RIP James Horner. https://t.co/Nozoo0dd46— Ming-Na Wen (@MingNa) June 23, 2015
Very sad to hear of the death of James Horner. I'm a big fan of his scores.— Chris Rankin (@chrisrankin) June 23, 2015
I still listen to 'The land before time' soundtrack on set when I need a good cry. Big part of my childhood. #RIPJamesHorner— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) June 23, 2015