Crew member dies after fall on set of Mister Rogers movie

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Emswiller was part of the sound crew for You Are My Friend, a film based on the life of Pittsburgh icon Fred Rogers, in which Tom Hanks is an actor. Local police revealed that the Pittsburgh native had opted to take a smoke break on a balcony in between filming scenes. Jim was an important, valued, trusted member of our group."He heralded the collaborative efforts of all the crew members and Emswiller's contributions adding, "It takes a lot of people to make this happen here in Pittsburgh, to get this work here, and he is going to be greatly missed". Hanks is playing Rogers in the film.

Emswiller was alone when he fell off the balcony.

Others nearby said they heard a noise and discovered the man had fallen from a balcony.

After James hit the ground, a nurse on set tried assisting. apparently to no avail. When emergency service personnel arrived on the scene, he was "in full cardiac arrest", the report stated. He was injured severely at that point, and rushed to the hospital, but doctors were unable to revive him and he was pronounced dead once there.

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Emmy-winning sound mixer James Emswiller died on Friday after a fall from a two-story building during the filming of the Mr. Rogers biopic "You Are My Friend", authorities told the Associated Press. "He was taking a break and smoking a cigarette when he fell".

"He fell from the second storey of the building". The report states that several crew members, including an on-set medic, were attempting life-saving measures.

He won an Emmy for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series for HBO's "Bessie".

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. Rogers died in 2003 after hosting "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" for decades on public television.

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