Crew Member Drowns During Filming Of 'The Lone Ranger' [UPDATED]
A crew member on Johnny Depp's upcoming movie "The Lone Ranger" drowned while working on the movie set in Los Angeles.
Law enforcement sources told TMZ that the man was a diver working on a water scene. Something went wrong, and the man drowned. By the time paramedics arrived at the scene, the man had gone into full cardiac arrest.
The man, whose name has not been released, was flown to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Neither TMZ nor other news sources have reported when this man died.
The movie's producers did not respond to TMZ's request for comment.
UPDATE 1:57PM: Deadline.com reports that's it's not clear if the crew member drowned or had a heart attack. It also reports the man was not a stuntman. The studio released a statement to Deadline:
"We regretfully confirm that a Lone Ranger crew member has passed away after being taken to a local hospital. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues at this time, and our full support is behind the investigation into the circumstances of this terrible event."
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 24, 4:05 P.M.: The victim has been identified as Michael Andrew Bridger, 48, of Redondo Beach. An autopsy is still pending, but City News Service says "there were indications Bridger died from a heart attack while he was working in a pool and wearing scuba equipment."