Published: Sat, October 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Mister Rogers movie crew member dies after on-set fall

Mister Rogers movie crew member dies after on-set fall

Per a Friday 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.

Hanks was on set Thursday night in Lebanon, PA when Emswiller fell. during the filming of "You Are My Friend", the Fred Rogers biopic.

"Basically, he appears to have suffered from a medical emergency while on the balcony", Lebanon Chief of Police Aaron Lauth told People magazine.

James Emswiller, who won an Emmy in 2015, was taking a smoke break when the coronary struck as he stood on the second-story balcony.

The film centres on the creator of the popular American children's show Mister Rogers' Neighbourhood, which aired from 1968 until 2001.

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The crew was understandably and visibly somber and upset after the accident and filming was halted for the evening. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim's loved ones, friends, and colleagues", Sony Pictures/Tri-Star Pictures said in a statement.

Emswiller had worked for decades as a sound mixer for a number of blockbuster Hollywood films.

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. He was known as the creator, composer, producer, head writer, showrunner and host of the preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. In the story, a cynical journalist begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write a profile piece on the beloved icon and finds his perspective on life transformed.

He was the subject of the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? that premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival this year.

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