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    13 Movie Set Tragedies Hollywood Hoped People Would Forget That Are As Sad As They Are Shocking

    People die making movies a lot more than you might realize.

    Tragedies happen on movie sets more often than studios would like to admit. And sometimes these incidents become high-profile cases, particularly when it involves members of the main cast.

    Brandon Lee from "The Crow."

    For example, the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins by Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust, the gruesome deaths of Vic Morrow, Renee Shin-Yi Chen, and Myca Dinh Le on the set of The Twilight Zone: The Movie, and the accidental shooting of Brandon Lee on the set of The Crow are perhaps some of the most well-known incidents.

    An "In Memoriam" segment featuring Halyna Hutchins.

    However, there are even more tragedies that didn't involve the stars of the film, and these stories often get brushed under the rug by studios and media. Here are some you may not have known about:

    1. Gabriella Cedillo, an extra on the film Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), sustained permanent brain damage after the car she was driving for a scene involving a stunt was hit by a large piece of metal.

    According to ABC7: "Gabriela Cedillo was just finishing college in September 2010 when the car she was driving in a Transformers 3 scene was struck by a piece of metal. It was attached to a tow cable to flip a stunt car in the westbound lanes of Cline Avenue in Hammond. Instead, the metal bar broke free, and it smashed through her windshield into the right side of her head."

    A damaged car.

    In 2012, Cedillo received an $18.5 million settlement from the film's producers.

    Film crew on set.

    2. David Ritchie, a set dresser on the film Jumper (2008), was crushed and killed by frozen sand, earth, and ice that fell from an exterior set.

    Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen on "Jumper."

    According to the Hollywood Reporter: "David Ritchie, 56, a veteran set dresser, was killed instantly, a second man was sent to hospital with serious head and shoulder injuries, while a third man escaped harm. Investigators ... found that the sand and earth frozen to the wall for exterior design came unstuck as the set was being torn down and crushed Ritchie, causing his death. The workplace mishap occurred as separate crew members were dismantling the exterior set for shipment to Baja, California, for reshoots of outdoor scenes."

    Scene from the film "Jumper."

    A Vancouver-based film production company was fined $250,000 for his death.

    Cast and crew of "Jumper."

    3. Olivia Jackson, a stuntwoman, was seriously injured on the set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2016) and needed to have her arm amputated.

    According to the Hollywood Reporter: "While standing in for Milla Jovovich during the 2015 shoot in Cape Town and riding a motorcycle at high speed, Jackson collided with a crane-mounted camera vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. She would spend 17 days in a coma, with her left arm having to be amputated above the elbow. She was also left with a twisted spine, paralysis of the top left quarter of her body including her neck, a dislocated shoulder, a severed thumb, punctured lungs and broken ribs, and still suffers lasting nerve damage and facial scarring."

    In 2020, after a four-year legal battle, Jackson, who can no longer work in her field and continues to suffer from chronic pain, won a court ruling in South Africa that placed blame on the driver of the camera vehicle. However, the victory was bittersweet as, according to the L.A. Times, "Under South African law, her only financial recourse now is with the country’s Road Accident Fund," which caps compensation for medical expenses and payouts. According to Jackson's attorney, "That could be less than $15,000 a year."

    Cast and crew on "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter."

    4. Harry O'Connor, a former Navy SEAL and one of Vin Diesel's stunt doubles in XXX (2002), died while performing a paragliding stunt for the film.

    A car stunt during filming of "XXX."

    According to Newsweek: "While filming a paragliding scene in Prague, the 45-year-old collided with a pillar of the Palacky Bridge, breaking his neck. He died from his injuries. The fatal accident occurred on O'Connor's second take of the stunt; his first take was successful and can be seen in the 2002 film."

    Scene with the stunt in "XXX."

    Later, director Rob Cohen released the following statement about the terrible accident: "We had 500 stuntmen involved with this picture; 499 didn't get a scratch. It shows you the lengths to which we will go to bring this kind of intense experience to the viewer. Stuntmen know they are in danger. They make their living through danger. Most of the time, it's all right. Sometimes, unfortunately, it isn't."

    Vin Diesel and director Rob Cohen on set of "XXX."

    5. Sarah Jones, a camera assistant on the film Midnight Rider (which remains unreleased) was struck and killed by a train on set.

    Sarah Jones on set of "Midnight Rider."

    According to the Hollywood Reporter: "Jones was struck and killed by a train in Wayne County, Georgia, while the Gregg Allman biopic she was working on was filming a dream sequence on the tracks. While the crew scrambled to get out of the way of an oncoming train, they could not remove a prop bed from the tracks in time, and when the train hit it, a part of the bed pushed Jones into the locomotive’s way, a Georgia police investigation revealed. Jones was hit by the train’s fuel tank and died instantly."

    Screenshot of the stunt being filmed for "Midnight Rider."

    As a result, the film's director Randall Miller, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and served jail time.

    People mourning Sarah Jones' death.

    6. Joi “SJ” Harris was killed while performing a stunt on a motorcycle for the film Deadpool 2 (2018).

    According to the Hollywood Reporter: "Harris was killed ... while performing a stunt that involved riding a high-powered Ducati motorcycle down a ramp laid atop a set of stairs. According to several people who had been working with her in the days leading up to the stunt, Harris was not properly prepared for the stunt. When it came time to do the scene, Harris rode the motorcycle down the stairs but then lost control. The bike, which Harris still clung to, careened across a street and hurled her into a building, killing her instantly."

    Scene of the accident on the set of "Deadpool 2."

    20th Century Fox eventually settled out of court with Harris's family in 2019. Here was Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds' statement at the time of the accident:

    Twitter: @VancityReynolds

    7. David Holmes, a stunt double for Daniel Radcliffe, broke his neck and became paralyzed from the chest down while working on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010).

    According to the Mirror: "An explosion that was part of a planned stunt sent Holmes plummeting to the ground, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. He was rehearsing a flying sequence using a harness with a planned blast which was supposed to send Holmes 'jerking back,' but it went 'badly wrong' and he slammed into a wall."

    David Holmes on the set of "Harry Potter" with Daniel Radcliffe.

    In 2013, Holmes established Ripple Productions and in 2020, released a podcast called Cunning Stunts, where he teamed up with Daniel Radcliffe to "highlight and pay tribute to the amazing work that [our] Stunt Coordinators and Performers do whilst on set in the name of entertainment."

    8. Michael Davidson, a firefighter in New York City, died while battling a fire that broke out on the set of Motherless Brooklyn (2019).

    We are saddened by the loss of @FDNY Firefighter Michael R. Davidson. FF Davidson died serving the people of #NYC and will forever be a hero. We stand with our brothers and sisters at the FDNY as they grieve for their brother and continue to watch over the city. #Neverforget

    Twitter: @NYPDnews

    According to ABC7: "Michael Davidson, 37, got separated from his fellow firefighters and fought through dense smoke as the air in his tank ran out. He hit the talk button on his radio but never said anything. ... The investigation found that plywood walls created as part of the set concealed the size of the fire, and the polyurethane foam used in the set's upholstery generated large quantities of dense black smoke."

    News footage of the fire that occurred on the set of "Motherless Brooklyn."

    In 2020, a judge ruled that Davidson's widow, Eileen Davidson, could file a lawsuit against film company Class 5, Inc. (Edward Norton's production company) and the building landlord.

    Edward Norton and Bobby Cannavale on the set of "Motherless Brooklyn."

    9. An unnamed construction worker was killed working on Blade Runner 2049 (2017) while dismantling a set.

    Screen grab from "Blade Runner 2049."

    According to the Hollywood Reporter: "A 28-year-old Hungarian construction worker was killed on the set of the untitled Blade Runner sequel in Budapest on Aug. 25 (2016). 'The worker was underneath a platform, upon which the set was constructed, when it suddenly collapsed,' read a statement by Origo Studios.'"

    Screen grab from "Blade Runner 2049."

    Deadline also reported: "A spokesman for Alcon Entertainment, which is producing the film, said the local worker was not a member of the film crew but was employed by a subcontractor to tear down the set. The still-unidentified worker was reportedly working under a platform when scaffolding collapsed on top of him."

    Workers on set.

    The name of the worker and cause of the accident were never publicly revealed.

    Ryan Gosling in "Blade Runner 2049."

    10. Another unnamed construction worker was killed on the set of Silence (2016) after a structure collapse.

    Adam Driver and Andrew Garfield in "Silence."

    The accident happened on the backlot of CMPC Studios in Taiwan. And, according to CNN: "A structure on the Taiwan set of [the] Martin Scorsese movie collapsed ... killing a studio construction worker and injuring two more, Taipei police said. The workers were repairing a building used for scenery when it collapsed ... Two men were hospitalized, one in serious condition."

    View of the set of "Silence."

    This was the statement given by CMPC Studios to the Hollywood Reporter at the time: “Our studio was rented for the use of a production team. The production team has hired contractors to build sets, and the construction has led to an accident, injuring the contractors. The production team immediately reported the accident to the emergency services, while our company also gave assistance. Our company and the production team had reached an agreement for the production team to be held responsible for the health and safety of the personnel of the studio and the set."

    Andrew Garfield in "Silence."

    11. Mike Huber, a crew member working on G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013) died while working on a high-powered scissor lift that tipped over.

    Scene from "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."

    According to Cinema Blend: "The unidentified worker was operating a high-powered scissor lift as he helped to tear down a set when, according to reports, the machine tipped over and the man sustained fatal injuries."

    People using a scissor lift to build a set.

    In a statement, Paramount Studios said, "Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with the [crew member's] family at this time."

    The Rock in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation."

    12. Joe Watts, a stuntman on F9 (2021), had to be put into a medically induced coma after a serious accident while filming.

    Vin Diesel’s stunt double, Joe Watts, is severely injured in 30 foot fall while filming Fast and Furious 9. The stuntman is in a coma and production has been halted. Vin Diesel witnessed the fall and is reportedly in shock.

    Twitter: @MikeSington

    According to the Hollywood Reporter: "The accident — described as a 'serious head injury' after a major fall — saw the production shut down at Warner Bros.’ Leavesden Studios as paramedics and air ambulances were called. "

    A scene from "F9."

    It was reported by Surrey Live in 2020 that Watts "has since had to learn to speak again after suffering a horrific fractured skull and brain damage when he fell onto a concrete floor from around 25 feet," but is still suffering from the injury and has to take on "multiple rehabilitation sessions with a neuropsychologist, physiotherapist, and occupational therapist among others."

    Vin Diesel in "F9."

    13. Finally, cinematographer Chan Kwok-hung was killed on the film set of the Jackie Chan film Skiptrace (2016) after a boat capsized.

    Johnny Knoxville and Jackie Chan in "Skiptrace."

    According to the Hollywood Reporter: "Hong Kong police said the vessel capsized 100 feet from the shore, with seven crew members able to swim back to the shore after the accident. Tragically, Chan Kwok-hung did not make it, and was found unconscious and later declared dead at North Lantau Hospital."

    News footage of the boat that capsized on the set of "Skiptrace," with text that reads, "Jackie Chan's cameraman Chan Kwog-hung, 51, drowns in Hong Kong while filming Skiptrace."

    At the time, Tenky Tin Kai-man, chairman of the Movie Production Executives Association (of Hong Kong) said his association was working on raising money for Chan Kwok-hung’s family.

    Jackie Chan in "Skiptrace."