MOUNT LEBANON, Pa. — Oct 12, 2018, 8:31 AM ET

Crew member dies after fall on set of Mister Rogers movie

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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.

Allegheny County say James Emswiller fell around 7:30 p.m. Thursday during a break in filming. 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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  • CaptnBlynd

    "Film star Tom Hanks, who is playing Rogers in the movie, was at the site and later left."
    As long as we know Tom Hanks isn't still there. I'm always relieved when the media present the important bits.

  • lokay5

    "Film star Tom Hanks, who is playing Rogers in the movie, was at the site and later left."
    He left?
    I figured he'd camp out there over night...

  • Bob Marshall

    I'll only see it if Pussycat rises up to overthrow the fascist tyrant King Friday.

  • Rocket Cat

    I have a lot of respect for tom hanks, but, he just doesn't seem like the right choice to play mister rogers. It almost seems like joke casting.

  • John S. Henchey

    Having a medical emergency and dying on the job, or anywhere else, happens everyday.

    The fact that he was on a balcony when he passed out makes for an exciting headline but it has nothing to do with anything.

    Would "Man dies while raking leaves in his backyard" make it onto ABC News?

  • Carswell

    They made all the Mr. Rogers shows at WQED PBS station in Pittsburgh. I grew up as a kid seeing many of the characters on the show on Saturday programming for kids in the Pittsburgh area. Fred Rogers was a first class act his whole life. They have the proper actor to play him, Tom Hanks is definitely okay in my book.

    Sorry about the death while making the film, condolences to the family.

  • JDC1

    No sniper jokes yet? I’m disappointed.

  • guest216

    Sad, But I thought this movie was already done filming. I know someone who saw it already.

  • logical

    Smoking kills

  • AG99

    How sad. Mr Rogers would be hurt this happened on a movie about him.

  • Redd Menace

    Must be more of an action flick than the title would otherwise suggest.

  • Thomas

    This might be a movie I would actually like to see

  • DuelingDogmas

    Guess it wasn't a wonderful day in everyone's neighborhood.

  • TechnicalFallVictory

    I'll admit - before reading the story I thought Trolley was going to be to blame. I always thought Trolley just rode too fast, with too much reckless abandon. One day it's going to get someone hurt.

  • ReviewTheFacts

    Condolences to his family, his co-workers, and his friends.

  • madison55

    Very sad.

  • TexasVulcan

    How sad. I look forward to anything with Tom Hanks.