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'The Lone Ranger'

Crew Member Dead

Drowns on Movie Set

9/21/2012 11:45 AM PDT UPDATED: 9/21/2012 2:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1:10PM PST Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the movie wasn't being shot today, and the person who died in the tank was prepping it -- possibly cleaning it -- when someone noticed no bubbles from the gear were surfacing. That's when they pulled the man out of the water.

A Walt Disney spokesperson just confirmed our story, saying, "We regretfully confirm that a Lone Ranger crew member has passed away after being taken to a local hospital," adding "our full support is behind the investigation into the circumstances of this terrible event."

2:28PM PST Law enforcement sources tell us, it appears he had a heart attack. Investigators are treating it as a "natural death." An autopsy will be completed over the weekend.

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A crew member working on the new Johnny Depp movie "The Lone Ranger" died this morning after drowning on the set and going into full cardiac arrest ... TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the man was a diver who was working in a tank on the Los Angeles set ... when something went wrong.

We're told someone on the crew called 911 to report a medical emergency ... and when responders arrived to the scene the man was in full cardiac arrest.

He was helicoptered to a nearby hospital, but EMTs were unable to restart his heart on the flight. Law enforcement sources tell us he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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46.

James289    

Yeah, they weren't filming when he drowned but
they filmed that night (last night), no stoppage even for a death on set. No respect. Money talks.

572 days ago
47.

James289    

Oh, it was at the Polsa Rosa movie ranch in Acton, CA, not Palmdale or LA.
A concrete stepped pool originally constructed on a mesa there to film the sinking of a scale model of the titanic for the flick Titanic.

572 days ago
48.

Jake    

So, OK, :TMZ Live" runs a little advertisement for itself bragging about how it broke this story. Accompanying the ad is a photo of two guys who look like they either (a) just won the lottery or (b) just decided on a big hook-up after work. I guess I'm wondering if that's the smartest photo to be running alongside your blurb about someone dying.

572 days ago
49.

Violetzdaisyz    

Rest in Beautiful peace- Mike... You'll be missed so very much. :(

572 days ago
50.

HELLRAISER    

Condolences to the family.

571 days ago
51.

Chrissen Brand    

That's horrible:(

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552 days ago
52.

mark gates    

hello, I hope walt disney really takes care of the family's crew. this is the movie of my childhood i've been waiting for - www.bestproduct4u.com

549 days ago
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