Crew Member Dies After Fall on Set of Mister Rogers Movie

James Emswiller fell during a filming break in the production of 'You Are My Friend'

What to Know

  • A crew member working on "You Are My Friend," a movie about Mister Rogers has died during filming in Pennsylvania.
  • James Emswiller, a member of the sound production team, died after falling during a break in production.
  • Tom Hanks, who is playing Rogers in the movie, was at the site and later left.

Authorities say a crew member working on a movie about Mister Rogers has died after he suffered an apparent medical emergency and fell two stories off a balcony in western Pennsylvania.

James Emswiller fell around 7:30 p.m. Thursday during a break in filming, the Allegheny County officials said. The 61-year-old Pittsburgh man died later at a hospital.

Emswiller was involved in the sound production of "You Are My Friend," which was shooting a scene in Mount Lebanon. The film is based on the life of Fred Rogers, the genial host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

Mount Lebanon police say Emswiller fell over a brick wall on the balcony at an apartment building.

Film star Tom Hanks, who is playing Rogers in the movie, was at the site and later left.

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