Mr. Rogers movie crew member James Emswiller dies after falling on film set


A man working on the Mister Rogers film starring Tom Hanks has died after falling on set in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania.

Police said the 61-year-old James Emswiller, a sound mixer from Pittsburgh, was on break between scenes when he went over a brick wall on the balcony of an apartment building and fell two stories.

Police told the station that people nearby said they heard a noise and discovered the man had fallen from a balcony.

The victim, who was transported to an area hospital, may have suffered a medical event before falling over the brick wall surrounding the balcony, Mt. Lebanon Police Chief Aaron Lauth told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The newspaper reported that star Hanks, who plays Fred Rogers, was on the set Thursday, but left after the incident. Filming was canceled for the evening.

USA TODAY has reached out to local police and the film production studio for comment.

The film is inspired by a real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. Junod is depicted as a cynical scribe who begrudgingly accepts an assignment to write an Esquire profile on the iconic Mr. Rogers. He finds his life-perspective transformed in the process.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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