Crew member dies after fall on the set of Marvel’s ‘Wonder Man’


A crew member died Tuesday while working on the set of Marvel Studios’ television series “Wonder Man.”

The production member, 41-year-old Juan “Spike” Osorio from Temple City, Calif., died after falling from a catwalk, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Police officers responded to a call from the Radford Studio Center, where “Wonder Man” is being produced, to investigate the death.

Marvel Studios did not immediately respond to The Washington Post’s requests for comment. In a statement to several news outlets, a Marvel spokesperson said that “our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family and friends, and our support is behind the investigation into the circumstances of this accident.”

“Wonder Man,” an upcoming Disney Plus miniseries whose production was halted by the Hollywood strikes last year, was not being filmed while the crew was working Tuesday, according to Deadline.

The show stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (“Aquaman,” “Watchmen”) as Simon Williams, an actor and stuntman who gained flight powers and superhuman strength to become the superhero Wonder Man.

The crew member’s union, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, shared a remembrance on behalf of Osorio’s family.

“He was the best person who cared for all living things, a person that we all should strive to be,” it read. “He was the most wonderful, thoughtful, and loving husband, a caring son, a wise brother, a strong friend, a brave veteran, a euphorbia enthusiast, a meticulous lighting technician, and a stickler for safety at work.”

“He would talk your ear off given the chance and the opportunity, but he would always take the time to listen and care about what others needed to say,” the remembrance continued. “To paraphrase a line from one of his favorite podcasts, ‘He was Spike, he lives forever in every moment he existed, and swore to every star in the cosmos, that he never forgot it was a gift, not for one second.’”

The union also shared its own statement on social media following Osorio’s death:

“Everyone in the IATSE family is shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic loss. We are working to support our member’s family and his fellow members and colleagues,” IATSE said. “Safety on set is our highest priority and we will assist [authorities] in their investigation in any way that we can.”

The California Department of Industrial Relations, in a division created through the California Occupational Safety and Health Act, is investigating the incident.

Lighting Technicians IATSE Local 728, Osorio’s local union, texted members about his death and said it was working with the Motion Picture & Television Fund to support Osorio’s family and fellow crew members.

“Remember that as much as we love what we do, the goal is always to go home safely at the end of the day. One of ours is not going to do that today,” the statement read. “Please keep their family and crew in your thoughts and prayers today, and respect their privacy at this time. Stay safe everyone.”

This story has been updated.


A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the California Department of Industrial Relations was part of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The article has been corrected.


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