'Hunger Games' Stuntman Falls To Death Attempting Off-Duty Leap
While on vacation with his girlfriend in Portugal, a Hollywood stuntman plunged to his death when he attempted to jump between buildings.
Carlos Lopez, 25, was staying in a hostel in Lisbon on Thursday when he attempted to jump from a fourth-floor window to a veranda across the way around 4 a.m., according to NBC. His girlfriend heard the jump and told hostel staffers to call police.
Neighbor Natercia Gama, 77, told The Mirror, "I've never seen as much blood. I woke up with the noise, went to the window and saw the young man lying on the ground, on an interior patio we share with the hostel where it happened."
Lopez was a stuntman with 23 credits to his name on IMDb, including Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Boardwalk Empire and 22 Jump Street. He was also into Parkour, a sport that involves treating the urban landscape as a kind of obstacle course and doing just the kind of leaps that Lopez attempted. A hostel employee told NBC that Lopez discussed his love for the sport that looks like this:
Dale Girard, director of the North Carolina Stuntmen's Association which trained Lopez, described him as "a great friend…a formidable role model with great respect, discipline and personality. He was very caring, giving, and dedicated."