Celine Dion, Ron Howard, Russell Crowe and other stars are paying tribute to composer James Horner, who died in a plane crash Monday at the age of 61.
Horner produced more than 150 scores throughout his career, including ones for blockbusters like Apollo 13, Braveheart, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind and Titanic, which earned him two Oscars.
Dion, who sang the smash hit “My Heart Will Go On” from Titanic (which was co-written by Horner), released a statement expressing her grief.
“[René Angélil] and I are shaken by the tragic death of James Horner, whom we considered a friend. We will always remember his kindness and great talent that changed my career. We send our prayers and deepest condolences to his family and friends.”
Director Antoine Fuqua, whose upcoming film Southpaw features a score from Horner, also released a statement: ”I am very saddened to hear the news about James,” Fuqua said. “He was a legend, an artist, and a great friend. I feel for his family and know how much he loved them. He was magical to work with and I feel blessed that we had the opportunity to collaborate together. James was not only a composer. He was a true filmmaker. He cared about the music, but also about the story as a whole. Working with him and discussing every detail of the film in great depth was such a wonderful experience for me. We have lost a special soul who touched so many people through his art. Rest in peace my friend, you left us with the gift of your incredible music.”
Director Marc Webb, who worked with Horner on The Amazing Spider-Man, said in a statement: “James Horner was a wonderful composer and collaborator as well as a generous and adventurous spirit. He lived his life like he wrote his scores with an uncynical depth of feeling. He will be missed.”
Speaking to EW, Titanic director James Cameron praised Horner for his work on the Oscar-winning blockbuster. “He was the heart of the film, absolutely. And you could say that literally, too, because he wrote the music for the song, ‘My Heart Will Go On,’ which was so much of the pop-culture propulsion of the film,” Cameron told EW. “The score album is still to this day the highest grossing instrumental soundtrack album of all time.”
Others, including Howard, Crowe, Josh Groban and songwriter Diane Warren, also reacted to the news on social media.
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
— josh groban (@joshgroban) 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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) 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
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
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