Crew member dies after fall on set of Mister Rogers movie

Sound technician falls from balcony of Mt. Lebanon building being filmed in Mister Rogers movie

The film is not strictly a biopic about the TV star's life, but tells the story of Rogers' relationship and adventures with journalist Tom Junod, and is based on Junod's 1998 Esquire profile on the beloved icon.

Mt. Lebanon Police Department tells ET that, during a break between filming scenes, a 65-year-old sound mixer, whose name has not yet been released, went to smoke a cigarette on the balcony. He was a member of the sound crew.

The incident happened shortly after 7:30 p.m.

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

The Marielle Heller-directed film - now without a name but previously developed under the title You Are My Friend - was shooting a scene in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mt. Lebanon, just south of the city.

A nurse who travels with the movie crew ran to assist Emswiller, as did members of the crew, and began life saving measures.

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James was taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital and was pronounced dead 3 hours later. "'What is happening out there?' And there was just people everywhere, people on the curb sitting", said Vince Passerini.

"There were a bunch of fire trucks like maybe two of three ambulances, it was a large commotion everyone was starring", said Sarah Pfabe.

The crew was understandably and visibly somber and upset after the accident and filming was halted for the evening.

Emswiller, who the county medical examiner said was 61, may have been stricken with a heart attack prior to the fall, according to local reports.

The first image from the film, which is set to hit theaters October 18, 2019, was released in September, showing Hanks dressed in Rogers' signature cardigan.

It was unclear if filming would resume Friday.

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