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Coroner confirms James Horner's death, rules it accidental

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/25/2015
FILE - In this Feb. 24, 1999, file photo, composer James Horner poses for a photo at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Horner's agent says the Oscar-winning "Titanic" composer was the pilot who died in a Southern California plane crash Monday, June 22, 2015. He was 61. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Feb. 24, 1999, file photo, composer James Horner poses for a photo at the 41st Annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Horner's agent says the Oscar-winning "Titanic" composer was the pilot who died in a Southern California plane crash Monday, June 22, 2015. He was 61. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A California medical examiner's office has confirmed that Oscar-winning composer James Horner was the pilot killed in a plane crash this week, and the death has been ruled an accident.

Ventura County Deputy Medical Examiner Zeb Dunn says Horner's identity was confirmed Thursday. He says the cause of death is blunt force trauma.

The 61-year-old "Titanic" and "Avatar" composer died Monday when his plane crashed and burned in a remote area of the Los Padres National Forest, about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

People who fueled Horner's single-engine plane confirmed that he took off in the aircraft. His agents issued a statement Tuesday saying he died, even though official confirmation would take longer.

Horner was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won two for "Titanic."

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