James Horner RIP: Star Trek, Aliens Composer Dies in Plane Crash

By Gerald Lynch on at

James Horner, celebrated Hollywood composer and longtime James Cameron collaborator, has died in plane crash in California, aged 61.

A trained pilot, Horner is believed to have been alone piloting a small aircraft when it crashed near Santa Barbara on Monday morning.

Horner's assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, wrote on Facebook on Monday: "We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road."

Though many tributes today are pointing towards Horner's Oscar winning work on Titanic, Horner was also a prolific composer of science fiction soundtracks, with credits including Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, Aliens, Batteries Not Included and Avatar (as well as being rumoured to have been working on its sequels before his death).

The soundtracks to Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan and Aliens in particular are just phenomenal works -- Khan conjuring the wonder of space travel, Aliens the inherent fear of the unknown. Take some time out to remember just how excellent Horner's work is by having a listen below: