Mister Rogers movie crew member dies after on-set fall

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks

The movie stars Tom as Fred Rogers, the host of "Mister Rogers" Neighborhood', the popular educational children's TV series of the 60s and 70s which aired on PBS.

Witnesses told officers the 61-year-old "was alone on the balcony taking a cigarette break when he may have suffered a medical emergency resulting in his fall from the balcony".

Police and paramedics were called around 7:30 p.m. after other crew members reportedly heard Emswiller hit the ground.

While at the hospital, Emwiller's condition worsened and he lost his life. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim's loved ones, friends, and colleagues", the studio said.

The crew was on the second day of filming an interior apartment scene with Hanks, who reportedly was on set at the time of the accident. He's worked as a sound mixer on such films as "The Avengers", "Jack Reacher", "The Fault in Our Stars", "Foxcatcher", "Out of the Furnace", and "Concussion".

This article has been updated to include a statement from a spokesman for Sony Pictures and Tristar Pictures.

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Hanks was on the set on the night of October 11 in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania, when Emswiller fell, according to the TMZ report.

Rogers was an American television personality, musician, puppeteer, writer, producer, and Presbyterian minister.

The film is set the explore the relationship between Rogers and a cynical journalist sent to profile him, who finds his life changed as a result. The show is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with Morgan Neville's documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor' premiering at the Sundance film festival".

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

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