Crew member dies on Mr. Rogers movie set with Tom Hanks

Crew member dies on Mr. Rogers movie set with Tom Hanks

Crew member dies on Mr. Rogers movie set with Tom Hanks

A man has died on the set of the Mister Rogers film starring Tom Hanks.

Police and paramedics were called around 7:30 p.m. after other crew members reportedly heard Emswiller hit the ground.

A thrilling event turned to tragedy on the Mr. Rogers movie set this Thursday, when a crew member fell two stories to his death.

Allegheny County authorities told the Associated Press that Emswiller, reportedly a sound mixer, fell two stories on Thursday evening during a break in filming.

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Witnesses told officers the 61-year-old "was alone on the balcony taking a cigarette break when he may have suffered a medical emergency resulting in his fall from the balcony".

Medics arrived shortly after and continued those life saving measures, but the man was in full cardiac arrest when they arrived and was then quickly transported to a hospital.

The incident occurred as crews were filming, "You Are My Friend", based on the life of Pittsburgh icon Fred Rogers.

The film centres on the creator of the popular American children's show Mister Rogers' Neighbourhood, which aired from 1968 until 2001. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim's loved ones, friends, and colleagues".

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Emswiller, who won an Emmy in 2015 for outstanding sound mixing for a limited series or movie for his work on Queen Latifah's "Bessie", has nearly 80 credits to his name.

Emswiller is a veteran of the industry, having worked on major films like The Avengers, Jack Reacher, and Concussion.

The first image from the film, which is set to hit theaters October 18, 2019, was released in September, showing Hanks dressed in Rogers' signature cardigan.

Hanks' biopic is now untitled, and is due for release in 2019.

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