James Horner – Cause of Death, Age of Death, and Other Facts!

James Horner died at age 61, respectable. Check out the death cause, death date, and more facts about the circumstances surrounding composer James Horner's death.

Biography - A Short Wiki

Acclaimed film composer who won two Academy Awards for his work on the soundtrack for the 1997 film Titanic. He also earned Academy Award nominations for scoring Aliens (1986), Field of Dreams (1989), Apollo 13 (1995), Braveheart (1995), A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Avatar (2009).

He began playing piano when he was five years old. He received a bachelor’s degree from USC, then went on to earn his doctorate from UCLA.

He composed the song “Cutting Cards” for the HBO horror anthology series Tales from the Crypt.

How did James Horner die?

James Horner's death was caused by aviation incident.

James Horner in 2011. The composer, responsible for more than 100 film scores over 40 years, died in a plane crash in 2015.

Information about the death of James Horner
Cause of deathAviation incident
Age of death61 years
BirthdayAugust 14, 1953
Death dateJune 22, 2015
Place of deathLos Padres National Forest, California, United States
Place of burialN/A


"To me, writing and composing are much more like painting, about colors and brushes; I don't use a computer when I write, and I don't use a piano. I'm at a desk writing, and it's very broad strokes and notes as colors on a palette."

James HornerJames Horner Composer

"I think people hire me for the slightly weird angle that I bring. Part of the trick is keeping it sort of simple; you have to give the impression of not that much music playing when there's really a lot."

James HornerJames Horner Composer

"The music's job is to get the audience so involved that they forget how the movie turns out."

James HornerJames Horner Composer

"I tend to write it and then let go emotionally."

James HornerJames Horner Composer

"When I do a film score, I am basically nothing more than a fancy pencil for hire. I don't own any of the music when I am - it belongs to the film company - and likewise, when I am done, even if I come up with something astounding that I may want to revisit... in the world of film composition, you can't do that."

James HornerJames Horner Composer