Director James Cameron has paid tribute to composer James Horner, calling his death in a plane crash on Monday “sad and shocking” and “such a waste”.
Horner scored three of Cameron’s biggest films – Titanic, Avatar and Alien – and was signed up to compose the music for the next three Avatars.
“There’s so much music he could have done. We were looking forward to our next gig,” Cameron told People.
The pair both won their first Oscars together for Titanic in 1998.
In a joint statement Cameron and his Avatar producing partner Jon Landau said “the Avatar community has lost one of our great creative lights”.
‘Team-mate and friend’
“James’s music was the air under the banshees’ wings, the ancient song of the forest, and the heartbeat of Eywa,” they said.
“We have lost not only a great team-mate and collaborator, but a good friend.