Composer for 'Titanic,' 'Avatar' dies in plane crash

LOS ANGELES - James Horner, the celebrated composer for some of Hollywood's smash-hit films including "Titanic" and "Avatar," died Monday in a plane crash at the age of 61, US media reported.

Hollywood trade magazine Variety reported the composer died when his personal aircraft crashed in Santa Barbara, California.

"Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones," wrote director and colleague Ron Howard on Twitter.

Horner won an Oscar for his work on the song "My Heart Will Go On" in historical drama "Titanic."

He was also nominated for an Academy Award six times for blockbuster movies including "Apollo 13," "Braveheart" and "Field of Dreams."