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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'

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    Crew Member on Mister Rogers Film Dies During Production

    James Emswiller, 61, died after falling off a balcony in Western Pennsylvania. He was working on the Mister Rogers movie, "You Are My Friend," but filming stopped so police could investigate the incident.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 12, 2018)

    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.