James Horner, the brilliant Academy Award winning film composer who authored the scores for films such as Field of Dreams, Braveheart and Titanic has died in a plane crash. He was 61.

Horner was piloting the plane that crashed in California and his death was confirmed by his assistant Sylvia Patrycja who posted the following statement on Monday to his 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."

His score for Titanic sold over 27 million copies worldwide and the song 'My Heart Will Go On' scored by Horner and performed by Celine Dion became one of the biggest selling singles of all time.