Mister Rogers movie: Crew member James Emswiller dies following on-set fall

Mister Rogers movie: Crew member James Emswiller dies following on-set fall”

A crew member working on the new Mr. Rogers movie has died after possibly suffering a heart attack and falling two stories in Mount Lebanon.

Police said witnesses had reported that Emswiller, 61, "was alone on the balcony taking a cigarette break when he may have suffered a medical emergency resulting in his fall from the balcony".

Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania law enforcement officers maintain that Emswiller "may have experienced a medical problem" prior to falling from the balcony.

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

Local police revealed that the Pittsburgh native had opted to take a smoke break on a balcony in between filming scenes.

Hanks, who plays Fred Rogers in the biopic about the popular children's television star, was on the set Thursday, but left after the incident.

Filming was halted on the night of Emswiller's death, but it's unclear when production will resume.

"This is a devastating tragedy and the studio is investigating the matter", it reads.

Emswiller was a 30-year industry veteran, who had worked as a sound mixer on many high profile projects.

Recently, Sony Pictures released the first image of Hanks as Rogers in the film, which had previously been called You Are My Friend but is now untitled.

Emswiller won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie in 2015, for his work on the HBO TV movie Bessie.

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

Hanks' biopic is now untitled, and is due for release in 2019.

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