Production on DC’s “Titans” is being shut down for two days after the death of a crew member during filming of the Toronto-shot series’ second season.
Multiple sources, including Deadline and Variety, are reporting that Warren Appleby, the show’s special effects coordinator, died as the result of an accident that took place at a special effects facility while performing tests for a stunt.
According to TMZ, the stunt involved a car that was supposed to flip on its side; while the car flipped as planned, a piece of metal that had been attached to the car flew off and struck Appleby in the head as he stood nearby. EMTs rushed him to the hospital, but police tell TMZ that he passed away en route.
“We are heartbroken and devastated by the passing of our treasured colleague, special effects coordinator Warren Appleby, after an accident which occurred at a special effects facility during the preparation and testing for an upcoming shoot,” reads a statement from a spokesman for Warner Bros. “Warren is beloved by all who worked with him during an impressive 25-year career in television and motion pictures. 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.”
A veteran of Toronto’s film and television industry, Appleby was special effects coordinator on Guillermo del Toro’s Best Picture Oscar winner The Shape of Water in addition to working on the director’s Toronto-shot FX series “The Strain”. Other credits include David Cronenberg’s “Crash”, “Hemlock Grove”, “Transporter: The Series”, “It” and the upcoming “It: Chapter 2”.
In a tweet shared by Global News Toronto reporter Matthew Bingley, a “growing memorial” is forming at Acme FX, the special effects facility where the accident took place.
“A fellow crew member tells me that a malfunction occurred with a hydraulic ram used to flip a car,” he writes.
TMZ reports that the Ontario Ministry of Labour is launching an investigation into the accident.
Meanwhile, friends and colleagues have organized a fund-raising effort to raise money for Appley’s widow and their children during this devastating time; more information can be found here.