James Emswiller

Hollywood Reporter:  10/11/2018

A sound crewmember on the Tom Hanks-starring Mister Rogers biopic has died after he fell two stories from a Mount Lebanon, Pa., building Thursday night on the set of the film, according to the Associated Press and numerous reports.

The AP reported that James Emswiller, 61, fell off a second-story balcony of an apartment building around 7:30 p.m. Thursday during a break in filming. He died later at the hospital. Mount Lebanon police told the Associated Press that he fell over a brick wall on the balcony.

Based on witness accounts, the police said, Emswiller, who worked as a sound crewmember for the production company and lives in the Pittsburgh area, was “alone on the balcony taking a cigarette break when he may have suffered a medical emergency resulting in his fall from the balcony.”

Officers found Emswiller on the ground behind the building with several crewmembers, including a set medic, attempting life-saving measures. Officers assisted with CPR and an EMS crew from Medical Rescue Team South arrived soon after, the police said. He was then taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital where he was in critical condition. By 830 a.m. ET Friday morning, it was reported he died.

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