Man falls 2 stories on set of Mister Rogers movie in Pennsylvania

Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks

The Associated Press reports that James Emswiller, 61, died after he fell two stories during an accident on the set of "You are my Friend," which is filming in Mount Lebanon, Pennsylvania. Nearby crew members reportedly heard a noise and discovered the man had fallen over the balcony's brick wall.

James Emswiller, a sound technician, fell two stories from the balcony of an apartment building on Thursday in the Pittsburgh suburb of Mount Lebanon while taking a break between scenes, CBS News reports.

According to the Office of the Allegheny County Medical Examiner, Emswiller fell around 7:30 p.m., he later died at the hospital.

He was taken to UPMC Mercy hospital near Mt. Lebanon, Pa., in serious condition, but his status worsened after arriving. Police stated that the crewmember is now in critical condition.

Film star Tom Hanks, who is playing Rogers in the movie, was at the site and later left.

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Filming has halted while the police investigate. It is still unclear whether it will resume this Friday.

Emswiller won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or Movie in 2015, for his work on the HBO TV movie Bessie. His other credits include "The Avengers", "Jack Reacher" and "The Fault in Our Stars", according to IMDb.

The film is based on the life of Fred Rogers, the genial host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood.

Recently, Sony Pictures released the first image of Hanks as Rogers in the film, which had previously been called You Are My Friend but is now untitled.

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