Warner Bros. has confirmed that a crew member died in an accident Thursday at a special effects facility in Toronto’s west end.
A statement issued by the executive producers of the show ”Titans” says production has been shut down for two days after Warren Appleby died during a special effects test for the show.
“Warren is beloved by all who worked with him during an impressive 25-year career in television and motion pictures,” the statement read. “The executive producers, along with everyone in the TITANS family, Warner Bros. Television Group and DC UNIVERSE, wish to express our deepest condolences, and heartfelt love and support, to Warren’s family and friends at this most difficult time.”
Toronto Mayor John Tory has also expressed his condolences on Twitter.
Deepest condolences to the family of film and TV special effects veteran Warren Appleby and to his industry family as well. A real tragedy and a huge loss for our proud and excellent production industry.
— John Tory (@JohnTory) July 19, 2019
Toronto police say emergency services were called to the scene in Etobicoke at 11.30 am Thursday and that they assisted paramedics in organising an emergency run to get Abbleby to hospital, but he was pronounced dead en route.
It’s thought Abbleby was struck by a piece of metal following an explosion.
The Ministry of Labour has been called in to investigate the incident.