A tragic accident on the set of DC Universe’s Titans has taken the life of one of its crew members. During a rehearsal at a special effects facility in Toronto, Canada yesterday, special effects coordinator Warren Appleby was killed by a stray piece of a car that broke off during testing. The stunt, which was going through its paces for the final shot, saw a piece break off unexpectedly and strike Appleby. As a result of the death, production on the show’s second season will be halted for two days.
“We are heartbroken and devastated by the passing of our treasured colleague, special effects coordinator Warren Appleby,” a spokesperson for Warner Bros. said in a statement. “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.”
In a statement on its website, the IATSE Local 873 labor union said, “Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Warren Appleby, who was fatally injured Thursday. An 18-year member and a long-serving representative on the executive board, Warren was an exemplary professional with a passion for his work. He was an amazing, generous and talented man. He will be sorely missed.”
Appleby is survived by this wife, Jennifer, and their two sons, aged 6 and 4. A GoFundMe campaign has been set up by his friends to help support the family in their time of need. If you wish to contribute to the fund, you can do so by clicking here.