James Horner's Death Ruled Accidental

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Composer James Horner at the "Titanic 3D" premiere at Royal Albert Hall in London on March 27, 2012.

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

The cause of Horner's death was blunt force trauma from the crash, said Ventura County Deputy Medical Examiner Zeb Dunn, who also confirmed Horner's identity.

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.

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People who fueled Horner's single-engine plane confirmed that he had taken off in the aircraft, Horner's lawyer Jay Cooper told The Associated Press earlier this week. His agents issued a statement Tuesday saying he died.

The rare S-312 Tucano MK1 turboprop was one of several planes owned by Horner, an avid amateur pilot who flew frequently.

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In addition to the two Oscars he won for Titanic, Horner was nominated for 10 Academy Awards in all, honoring his work on Aliens, Apollo 13Field of DreamsBraveheartA Beautiful MindHouse of Sand and Fog and Avatar, and for his original song, Somewhere Out There, from An American Tail.

Those publicly mourning his death and paying tribute to him this week included Titanic director James Cameron and Apollo 13 director Ron Howard.