A crew member working on the Pittsburgh area set of the untitled Mister Rogers movie starring Tom Hanks died Thursday after falling two stories off a balcony.
According to a report from the Associated Press, James Emswiller, a 61-year-old member of the sound production team, fell over a brick wall on a two-story balcony at an apartment building during a break in filming at approximately 7:30 p.m. ET. He later died of his injuries at a local hospital.
Sony Pictures and TriStar Pictures issued the following statement regarding Emswiller’s death:
“This is a devastating tragedy and the studio is investigating the matter,” it reads. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s loved ones, friends, and colleagues.”
Emswiller had worked in the film industry for 30 years, with credits including such high profile projects as The Avengers, The Fault in Our Stars, and Jack Reacher.
AP notes that Hanks, who stars as Fred Rogers, was on site at the time of the incident. The film is set for release on October 18, 2019.
Source: Associated Press
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