Emmy-winning sound mixer James "Jim" Emswiller died last night after a two-story fall from a balcony, on the set of Tom Hanks' movie about Fred Rogers.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, police were called to the Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania set last night for reports of a man who fell from the second story. Emswiller, 61, was reportedly on a break between scenes and suffered a medical emergency, falling over the brick wall in an apartment building. He died at the hospital about an hour after the incident.
Deadline released a reaction statement from Sony Pictures, whose TriStar is releasing the "Mister Rogers" film:
"This is a devastating tragedy and the studio is investigating the matter. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s loved ones, friends, and colleagues."
The movie -- which is apparently called "You Are My Friend," even though that title is not official at this point -- is currently slated for release October 18, 2019 . It's not clear how long production might be put on hold for the investigation.
Jim Emswiller earned an Emmy for his sound mixing work in HBO’s TV movie "Bessie." His lengthy career included sound mixing work on "The Avengers" and "Jack Reacher."
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