Worker dies on Mister Rogers set

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MOUNT LE­BANON, Pa. — Au­thor­i­ties say a crew mem­ber work­ing on a movie about Mister Rogers has died af­ter he suf­fered an ap­par­ent med­i­cal emer­gency and fell two sto­ries off a bal­cony in western Penn­syl­va­nia.

Al­legheny County say James Em­swiller fell around 7:30 p.m. Thurs­day dur­ing a break in film­ing. The 61-year-old Pitts­burgh man died later at a hospi­tal.

Em­swiller was in­volved in the sound pro­duc­tion of “You Are My Friend,” which was shoot­ing a scene in Mount Le­banon. The film is based on the life of Fred Rogers, the ge­nial host of “Mister Rogers’ Neigh­bor­hood.”

Mount Le­banon po­lice say Em­swiller fell over a brick wall on the bal­cony at an apart­ment build­ing.

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

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