Crew Member Dies After Fall On Set of Mister Rogers Film
A sound mixer fell two stories from a balcony while taking a break between scenes.
A sound mixer has died after a fall on the set of the untiled Mister Rogers biopic, according to Deadline. Police say that a 65-year-old man fell two stories from a balcony while taking a break between scenes in Mount Lebanon, PA. He was taken to a hospital last night in critical condition.
UPDATE: The film crew member has died from injuries suffered when he fell two stories from a balcony on the set of the film “You Are My Friend.” https://t.co/MMidT91xQk
— Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (@PittsburghPG) October 12, 2018
According to The Associated Press, the man was identified as James M. Emswiller of Pittsburgh. Deadline reports that he apparently suffered a medical emergency and fell over the brick wall of a balcony in an apartment building where the film was shooting.
#BREAKING: Mt. Lebanon Police say they think James Emswiller stepped outside for a smoke break when he may have suffered a heart attack and fell from the balcony.
— Meghan Schiller (@MeghanKDKA) October 12, 2018
Filming of the biopic, which stars Tom Hanks, was halted while authorities investigated. Emswiller was a veteran sound technician who earned a Primetime Emmy Award for his mixing work on HBO’s Bessie. He also worked on films including The Avengers and Jack Reacher.
R.I.P. Jim Emswiller. Our sets will be a lot lonelier without your presence and talent. pic.twitter.com/cfRGis4GU7
— ted williams (@natari2816) October 12, 2018
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