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Lone Ranger Death

Crew Member Had History

With Jerry Bruckheimer

9/23/2012 7:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0921_lone_ranger_Disney_AP"The Lone Ranger" crew member who died on set last week worked alongside mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp for years, TMZ has learned.

Close friends tell TMZ the victim's name is Mike Bridger -- a welder and water safety guy who had 20 plus years in the biz ... and one of his biggest breaks was working with Bruckheimer on the set of the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie.

We're told Bruckheimer respected his work so much ... he hired him for every single "Pirates" sequel and then for "Lone Ranger." Our sources say he also became close with Depp while working on those films.

Close friends of Mike tell TMZ ... the family does not blame the production company for his death, and believes he died of a heart attack.

TMZ broke the story, Mike was working in a large tank on "The Lone Ranger" set when he passed away​. Law enforcement also believe his death was due to a heart attack. He was 48.

His funeral is currently being planned by family and friends.

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bring back recent posts    

...I guess the silver lining is he died doing what he loved....I pray he didn't suffer..but...geez....myocardial infarctions hurt...his poor family...stay strong!

675 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

...ohhhhhhhhhh...and I hope the production company takes care off all ur needs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...a nice settlement..regardless...good faith kinda thing..jsut sayin..

675 days ago
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2drk2fck    

ok sure

675 days ago
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Ozzie X    

I respect the family and fell sorry for their loss and aren't trying to taint his death with a lawsuit. I'm Johnny will say or do something in for their loss, Johnny Depp is a stand up guy.

675 days ago
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Jody    

Dear Lord that is young for a heart attack, isn't it?

675 days ago
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Jac    

RIP

675 days ago
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SMASHED    

Let's hope these stuffed suits kick some bucks to the family and/or pay for the funeral. RIP sir. Condolences to those who loved him.

675 days ago
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croc    

thanks for his pic tmz.

675 days ago
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Jay W.     

Sad to go at such an early age. RIP Mike.

675 days ago
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brenda    

48 years old...wow. He was still young.

May he RIP.

675 days ago
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Jasel    

A family not filing a lawsuit at the drop of a hat and the chance to make some big bucks for doing absolutely nothing? These guys can't be American.

675 days ago
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anony    

That's not a good picture to promote the Lone Ranger movie.
It makes Armie Hammer look like Jamie Kennedy.

675 days ago
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RoadRig    

My normal looking buddy at 41 had one but got help in time to live and tell about it. Get tested yearly people. There's a reason that it's a number 1 silent killer in the US.

675 days ago

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