Crew Member Dies After Fall on Set of Mister Rogers Movie

Lawrence Kim
October 12, 2018

A sound mixer was in critical condition Thursday after falling two stories off a balcony while working on the set of a biographical film about Fred Rogers, the late host of the popular children's program "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood", according to reports.

According to the Office of the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, Emswiller fell around 7:30 p.m., he later died at the hospital.

The unidentified 65-year-old crew member was rushed to a Pittsburgh-area hospital, where his condition worsened, Mt. Lebanon police told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The movie production crew was in Mount Lebanon for the second day filming an interior apartment scene.

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.

Police say the crew was on a break and Emswiller was taking a break alone on the deck. He also worked on the upcoming Cate Blanchett film "Where'd You Go, Bernadette".

The AP additionally noted Hanks, who stars in the project as Fred Rogers, was on site at the time of the incident.

Witnesses nearby said they heard a noise and found him lying on the ground after he had fallen from a balcony, WPXI-TV reported.

Two weeks ago, Sony released the first image of Hanks in costume as Mister Rogers.

The film is inspired by a real-life friendship between Rogers and award-winning journalist Tom Junod (Rhys).

The movie being filmed in Pittsburgh is described by TriStar as a "heart-warming story, a cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed".

Rogers, who died in 2003, was the subject of the documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor" released earlier this year.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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