Actor Who Shot Bruce Lee's Son Dead at 61

'I don't think you ever get over something like that,' said Michael Massee
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 27, 2016 7:03 AM CDT
Michael Massee   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Michael Massee, who accidentally shot and killed Bruce Lee's son, Brandon Lee, on the movie set of The Crow in 1993, has died at the age of 61, reports the Hollywood Reporter. The actor died of cancer in a Los Angeles hospital last Wednesday, his talent agency tells Entertainment Weekly. Massee, a native of Kansas City, Mo., was appearing in only his second movie when he fired a prop revolver at Brandon Lee while filming Alex Proyas' The Crow in Wilmington, NC. Unbeknownst to Massee, crew members had mistakenly loaded the gun with real bullets. Lee was hit in the stomach and died on March 31 after hours of surgery.

"It absolutely wasn't supposed to happen. I wasn't even supposed to be handling the gun until we started shooting the scene and the director changed it," Massee said in a 2005 interview, per People. "I don't think you ever get over something like that." Massee took more than a year off from acting following the incident but went on to appear in movies Se7en, Lost Highway, The End of Violence, The Florentine, Corky Romano, Catwoman, The Amazing Spider-Man, and in TV shows 24, Rizzoli & Isles, The X-Files, Alias, Cold Case, House, and more. He leaves behind a wife and two children, aged 13 and 17. (Read more obituary stories.)

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