When news broke last week about the accidental shooting that happened on a movie set by actor Alec Baldwin, many were shocked and saddened by the news. One person was killed and another was seriously injured by the prop gun. While I shared those sentiments, my thoughts went back to another accident that claimed a life way too soon. The life of actor Brandon Lee.

If you grew up in the early 1990s as I did, the tragic death of actor Brandon Lee was huge news. In 1993, Lee, the son of famed martial arts star Bruce Lee, was killed by a prop gun on the set of the movie 'The Crow'. The gun was supposed to be housing blanks. It was later discovered that a piece of shrapnel was left in the barrel. Lee died at a hospital from his injuries. He was just 28 years old. The loss was felt throughout Hollywood. 'The Crow' was going to be the movie that made Brandon Lee a star. It did, but he never got to see its success.

After Lee's death in 1993, there were new regulations enacted involving gun safety on the sets of movie productions. Safety procedures that were designed to keep actors and crew safe. Were those procedures ignored of the set of Alec Baldwin's western movie filming in New Mexico? Hopefully, an investigation will uncover the answers, no matter how uncomfortable they may be.


Lee's sister Shannon, who runs a Twitter account that honors her later brother, stated that "No one should ever be killed by a gun on a film set. Period".

 

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