Composer James Horner, who won Oscars for his score and theme tune (“My Heart Will Go On”) for 1997 Best Picture champ “Titanic,” died in a plane crash on Monday. His assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, confirmed his death on Facebook, writing, “We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved.”
Horner, a long-time collaborator with “Titanic” helmer James Cameron, also contended for his scores to the director’s “Aliens” (1986) and “Avatar” (2009). Among his 10 Oscar nominations in total were bids for his music for two other Best Picture winners: “Braveheart” (1995) and “A Beautiful Mind” (2001). He also contended for two other Best Picture nominees — “Field of Dreams” (1989) and “Apollo 13” (1995) — as well as the song “”Somewhere Out There” from “An American Tail” (1986) and the score of “House of Sand and Fog” (2003).
Celine Dion‘s rendition of “My Heart Will Go On” was the best-selling single of 1998 and has moved more than 15 million copies. Besides the Oscar, Horner and lyricist Will Jennings won three Grammys for the tune, taking home both Record and Song of the Year as well as Best TV/Movie Song. Horner had shared in those latter two awards in 1987 for “Somewhere Out There” with lyricists Barry Mann and Cynthia Weill. He also won a Grammy in 1990 for his score of “Glory.”
Below: Watch the official video for “My Heart Will Go On” that incorporates clips from “Titanic” with Dion’s performace of this Best Song champ.