Oscar Winning Producer James Horner Dies In Plane Crash

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Academy Award-winning composer James Horner, known for his impressive body of work spanning multiple movie genres, is feared dead after a small plane belonging to him crashed in central California on Monday, killing the pilot.

It is not known whether the 61-year-old Horner, best known for scoring the movie “Titanic,” was the person flying the plane.

But the Hollywood Reporter reported his death, attributing the confirmation to Sylvia Patrycja, his assistant.

“A great tragedy has struck my family today, and I will not be around for a while. I would like some privacy and time to heal,” Patrycja posted on her Facebook page.

“We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road. Love Sylvia.”

Horner’s lawyer couldn’t confirm his death, but said he hadn’t heard from the composer since the crash.

“He is an experienced pilot. He owns several planes. We have not heard from him,” Jay Cooper told CNN.

Jennifer Lopez: I Want an Academy Award!

Having more kids isn’t the only thing that Jennifer Lopez would love to do.

J.Lo also wants an Academy Award.

“I think everybody that has ever taken acting seriously would love to be recognized in that way,” Lopez told me yesterday while she and Jason Statham were promoting their new crime thriller Parker (in theaters Jan. 25) at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. “Of course! Why not?”

She’s even thought about her acceptance speech. “It changes every so often over the years,” Lopez, who recently signed with power talent agency CAA, said with a laugh. “Different people, different things.”

If the day comes that she is nominated for the coveted gold man, we can’t wait to see what she’d wear to the show. “Oh, trust me,” she said. “I’ll be ready.”

She certainly was body-ready when she filmed a scene in Parker in which Statham’s character makes her strip to her underwear and bra.

“It was nerve-racking,” Lopez remembered. “I was like, ‘Oh, how is this going to look? Who’s lighting this?’ But you know, I had to get in shape physically but also emotionally. I had to build up to it mentally, prepare yourself to know you are just going to be standing there naked vulnerably and in a very vulnerable emotional way as well.”

She keeps fit with a trainer from Tracy Anderson, but admits she sometimes strays. “I should be more healthy, to be honest,” Lopez said. “My kids eat healthier than I because you want them to be healthy. But I have bad habits from, you know, growing up in the Bronx—Hawaiian Punch, Kool-Aid! The more sugar, the better!”

Lopez also admits she could have done American Idol “longer, but I just felt like I gotta go on tour and I have these movies to make…I think it’s a good time for me to do more movies.”

You hear that, Oscar?