A crew member on the upcoming action adventure film ‘The Lone Ranger,’ starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, died this morning after drowning on the set and going into full cardiac arrest, TMZ is reporting. Law enforcement officials have confirmed the crew member was a diver who was working in a tank on the Los Angeles set when the accident occurred.
Someone on the set of ‘The Lone Ranger,’ which is being directed by Gore Verbinski, called 911 to report a medical emergency. When responders arrived on the scene, he was in full cardiac arrest.
Officers added that ‘The Lone Ranger’ wasn’t shooting any scenes today, but the crew member was prepping the tank, possibly cleaning it. In the process, someone noticed that there weren’t any bubbles from the gear surfacing. The person then pulled the crew member out of the water.
A Walt Disney spokesperson confirmed the crew member’s death, saying “We regretfully confirm that a ‘Lone Ranger’ crew member has passed away after being taken to a local hospital. Our full support is behind the investigation into the circumstances of this terrible event.”
Law enforcement agents added that the crew member appeared to have suffered from a heart attack. Investigators are treating it as a natural death, and an autopsy will be completed over the weekend.
Written by: Karen Benardello