Oscar-winning Titanic composer James Horner is feared dead after a single-engine plane registered to him crashed in southern California.
The crash happened at around 9.30am local time near Quatal Canyon in Los Padres National Forest, Ventura County fire spokesman Mike Lindbery said.
The identity of the pilot has not been officially released, but Jay Cooper, an attorney for Mr Horner, said no one has heard from him since the crash.
He said: “It was his plane and if he wasn’t in it, he would’ve called.”
No one else was on board the plane, which is one of several owned by the 61-year-old composer.
Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said the aircraft was an S-312 Tucano MK1 turbo-prop with two seats.
Crews put out a fire that erupted in vegetation surrounding the crash site about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Mr Horner has been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, winning two for 1997’s best picture, Titanic.
He composed the film’s score and its enduring theme song, My Heart Will Go On, which was sung by Celine Dion.Mr Horner’s scores for Alien, Apollo 13, Field of Dreams, Braveheart, A Beautiful Mind, House of Sand and Fog and Avatar also earned Oscar nominations, as did his original song, Somewhere Out There from An American Tail.