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James Emswiller, Crew Member on Mister Rogers Movie 'You Are My Friend', Dies

Updated On 13 Oct, 2018 Published On

James Emswiller, a crew member on the upcoming Mister Rogers movie, 'You Are My Friend', has died at the age of 65. He passed away on Thursday, October 11, while on set.

According to the Mt. Lebanon Police, he was on the balcony alone smoking a cigarette when he fell two stories off and according to the TMZ report, as EMTs arrived at the scene, James was in full cardiac arrest.

He was rushed to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Mercy. He was pronounced dead three hours later.

Tom Hanks, who is playing Mister Rogers in the film, was present at the site at the time.

In a statement to Us Weekly, Sony Pictures said, "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".

James was a sound technician in the industry since 1989 and received an Emmy Award in 2015 for his work on HBO’s Bessie.

He also has worked on sound mixing on the Showtime upcoming series, Escape at Dannemora. His credits include Jack Reacher and The Avengers.

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