A 34-year-old crew member working on the South African set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter died earlier this month from injuries sustained during production.
Ricardo Cornelius died on Dec. 3 after an accident during a prep day involving safety checks on the Cape Town set of the film, a statement from the German production company responsible for the film. According to Constantin Film, witnesses say he was helping to rotate a Hummer on a turntable during a rehearsal when he slipped and became trapped between it and a wall.
The accident did not occur during filming, and an investigation is said to be ongoing. Principal photography on the film wrapped Dec. 9.
“We are all deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic accident, which was out of anyone’s control,” a Constantin Film spokesperson said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
“The doctors said his lungs were completely flat and he was bleeding a lot,” Cornelius’ wife, Shafiefa, told South Afrcan website IOL. “He was unconscious and he was already on life support. I held his hand and I told him not to leave us because we need him and he is a strong man.”
The movie, the sixth in the franchise starring Milla Jovovich, is due out in January 2017.