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Director James Cameron, singer Leona Lewis and composer James Horner arrive at the premiere of 20th Century Fox's "Avatar" at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on December 16, 2009 in Hollywood, California
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In the wake of composer James Horner’s death, his old friend and partner-in-film James Cameron spoke fondly of their work together in an exclusive interview with People.

“It’s sad and shocking, and it’s such a waste in a way,” Oscar-winning director Cameron told the magazine. “We were looking forward to our next gig together.”

Horner had already committed to compose the scores for Cameron’s next three Avatar films. Avatar 2 is listed as his final credit.

According to People, the pair, who both won Academy Awards for their work on Titanic, first collaborated in 1980 on a small sci-film called Battle Beyond the Stars.

Horner died Monday in a plane crash north of Santa Barbara, Calif.

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