'Titanic' Composer James Horner Missing and Feared Dead in Plane Crash, Says Attorney

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The crash occured Monday outside of Santa Barbara and is being investigated.

A plane believed to have been registered to Oscar-winning film composer James Horner crashed Monday in a remote area 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, killing the pilot.

The crash took place near the community of Ventucopa, off Route 33 between Ventura and Kern counties, with Santa Barbara County Fire receiving an emergency call at 9:30 a.m.

Firefighters found debris in the field and no survivors. The crash had ignited a one-acre brush fire.

The pilot has not been identified, and it is not yet known if Horner, 61, was flying the plane. The cause of the crash is unclear, with the situation still under investigation. 

Jay Cooper, Horner's attorney of more than two decades, told The Hollywood Reporter that no one has talked to the composer since the crash.

"We know it's his plane, and we know we haven't heard from him," Cooper told THR. "I've checked with the other reps." 

"He owned five aircrafts," Cooper continued. "He loved flying. That's all I can say."

Horner has earned two Oscars, one for best original dramatic score for Titanic and one for best original song for "My Heart Will Go On." He also composed the scores for Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind and Avatar, among many others. 

Matt Belloni contributed to this report.

Email: Ryan.Gajewski@THR.com
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