Diver Dies Working on Johnny Depp Lone Ranger

Crew member was preparing tank for Disney Western
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2012 11:23 PM CDT
Updated Sep 24, 2012 12:01 AM CDT
Diver Dies Working on Johnny Depp Lone Ranger
Johnny Depp plays Tonto to Armie Hammer's masked lawman in the new film "The Lone Ranger."   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

(Newser) – Authorities are investigating the death of a diver on the set of the new Lone Ranger movie starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. The 48-year-old crew member, wearing scuba gear at the time, may have died of a heart attack while preparing a deep-water tank on location at a ranch north of Los Angeles. He was identified by TMZ as 20-year film crew veteran and water safety expert Mike Bridger, a favorite of mega producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who relied on him for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies before hiring him for the Lone Ranger filming.

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"Our hearts and thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues at this time," reads a statement from Walt Disney studios. A spokesman says producers "fully support" the investigation into the "terrible event," reports the BBC. (Read more Lone Ranger stories.)

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