“Rust” cinematographer Halyana Hutchins, 42, was taken to the University of New Mexico hospital, where she was pronounced dead by medical personnel.
The tragedy on the New Mexico set of Alec Baldwin’s “Rust” isn’t the first time the safety of the Hollywood cast and crew has been put at risk.
The actor fired a prop gun on the film’s set, killing cinematographer Helena Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza, officials said on Thursday.
A Baldwin spokesman said there had been an accident on set that involved a misfire of a prop gun with Blank. Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios said detectives were investigating how and what type of projectile was fired.
Santa Fe New Mexican reported that the 63-year-old was seen in tears outside the sheriff’s office.
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The on-set tragedy is a grim reminder of two devastating accidents involving prop guns that ended the lives of two rising stars.
In 1984, John-Eric Hexum was just 26 years old when he fatally shot himself with a .44 Magnum pistol on the set of his CBS series “Cover Up.”
The last words of the actor before the horrific shooting differ in reports.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Hexum was taking a nap during a delay in filming. However, when he later learned that there would be a further delay, Hexum allegedly held the gun to his head and joked, “Can you believe this crap?” before pulling the trigger.
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But at the time of the incident, Detective Gary Fullerton said that Hexum had loaded three blank cartridges and two empty cartridges full of gunpowder into a high-powered handgun before saying, “Let’s see if I have one for me.” Yes or No,” the new York Times informed of.
What is known is that Hexum pretended to play Russian roulette and that the force of the blank round’s detonation broke his skull near his right temple.
Entertainment Weekly shared that the impact of the explosion pushed a piece of bone the size of a quarter into his brain, causing massive hemorrhages. He was taken to Beverly Hills Medical Center. After five hours of surgery, Hexum was declared brain dead on 18 October of the same year.
The outlet noted that after Hexum’s death, “Cover Up” hung out with Antony Hamilton for only one season. And a few years later, the late star’s mother, Greta Hexum, won an undisclosed out-of-court settlement with Twentieth Century Granthshala Television and Glenn Larson Productions.
Almost a decade later, the son of the late great martial artist Bruce Lee had a similar fate.
Brandon Lee famously played the lead role of Eric Draven in “The Crow”. The 1993 film is based on the comic book series about a slain musician who is resurrected to avenge the murder of himself and his fiancée.
On March 31, 1993, a 28-year-old died after being hit by a .44-caliber slug while filming a death scene. The gun was believed to have fired a blank, but an autopsy revealed a bullet near his spine.
According to history.com, hollowed-out cartridges are often used to film close-ups of the gun being loaded. “Dummy” cartridges must then be fired and replaced with blanks before being fired. However, police investigation found that the tip of one of the bullets broke and got stuck in the gun. After this, Lee was fired from the blank.
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North Carolina District Attorney Jerry Spivey later announced that Lee’s death on “The Crow” was due to negligence on the part of the film’s crew, and not dishonesty, the outlet shared.
While Lee had completed almost all of his scenes, the filmmakers ended up filming using double and technique. Lee’s death attracted worldwide attention and inspired a change in the way firearms were dealt with on set.
It also clarified that companies have to face a meager amount after serious accidents. OSHA fined the company that made “The Crow” $84,000—the highest fine since 1990—but was later reduced to $55,000. ‘The Crow’ grossed over $50 million.
After the accident on “Rust,” Lee’s Twitter account, which is run by her sister Shannon, shared a heartfelt message on social media.
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“Our hearts go out to the family of Helena Hutchins and Joel Souza and everyone involved in the ‘Rust’ incident,” it read. “No one should ever be hit with a gun on a film set. Period.”