Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Mister Rogers Movie Crew Member Dies After Tragic Fall On Set

Mister Rogers Movie Crew Member Dies After Tragic Fall On Set

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

Emswiller won an Emmy in 2015 for outstanding sound mixing for a limited series or a movie for HBO's Bessie.

In an unfortunate turn of events, a man named James Emswiller has died on after a fatal fall on the set of "You Are My Friend".

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 man was involved in the sound production of the movie, which was shooting a scene Thursday night. He also worked on the upcoming Cate Blanchett film "Where'd You Go, Bernadette".

Tom Hanks stars as Fred Rogers in the biopic, with Matthew Rhys co-starring as a journalist who became friends with Rogers.

The Marielle Heller-directed film - now without a name but previously developed under the title You Are My Friend - was shooting a scene in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon, just south of the city.

Two weeks ago, Sony released the first image of Hanks in costume as Mister Rogers. Earlier today, Page Six reported that Emwiller was discovered to have fallen from a balcony on the Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania set.

Hanks was on the set on the night of October 11 in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, when Emswiller fell, according to the TMZ report. 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.

""Mister Rogers" Neighborhood" began airing in 1968 and captured the hearts and imaginations of children across America.

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