‘Game of Thrones’ Editor Killed by Lion in South Africa

'Game of Thrones' Editor Killed Lion
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The American tourist who was mauled to death by a lion in South Africa has been identified as Katherine Chappell, a visual effects editor who previously worked on “Game of Thrones.” She was 29.

Chappell was visiting Johannesburg’s Lion Park on Monday when a lion lunged through the window of her vehicle and attacked her.

Scott Simpson, assistant operations manager at the Lion Park, told the Associated Press the 9-year-old lioness fatally bit Chappell in the neck after she took pictures of the animal, which was less than four feet away from the vehicle.

“They had their windows all the way down, which is strictly against policy. The lion bit the lady through the window,” he said.

Chappell died of her wounds before the paramedics arrived. She had been participating in a volunteer mission to protect African wildlife.

The vfx editor, who also worked on “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and “Godzilla,” most recently wrapped Ron Howard’s “Into the Heart of the Sea,” which opens later this year. She grew up in Rye, N.Y. and attended Hofstra U. before moving to Vancouver to work on visual effects.

Chappell’s sister Jennifer posted a tribute to her on her Facebook page: “Katie was a brilliant, kind, adventurous and high-spirited woman. Her energy and passion could not be contained by mere continents or oceans. She was very much loved and shared her love for life with those she met.”

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  1. Vey sad. So many times the accidents involving wild animals will be blamed on the animal. More times than not it is human err. This will now become fodder for the Animal Rights Movement. They will exploit this young womans death in their goal to remove any kind of involvement between animal and human. My condolences to her loved ones. Tragic accident but was a human err.

    • You’re right, it is human error, it’s not the animal’s fault. But you’re wrong, it won’t become fodder for Animal Right Activists. What would they say? The situation has literally nothing to do with Animal Rights. If humans didn’t farm pigs, Lions wouldn’t kill tourists? I don’t get the connection you’re trying to make.

  2. Pesole says:

    You sow what you reap. What makes people think that wildlife will not attack, especially when you’re close to them, holding up some object with flashing lights.

  3. very sad.she was young and very talented. just sad.

  4. I don’t know what to say here. If she would have survived the attack…

  5. srvwp2013 says:

    We seem to be losing a lot of people in the Entertainment Industry this year. This seems to be a higher percentage of loss than just the demographic averages of life and death. More young people are dying; more middle age people are dying. It is almost like one of those “Something is happening here, But you don’t know what it is, Do you Mr. Jones?” Either youth and/or the Industry is making people feel invulnerable. People are predictable; wild animals are not predictable.

  6. Tywin says:

    The Lannisters send their regards.

  7. Corey says:

    Shes a badass! What a way to go

    • What a f**king retarded statement! She was a moron, an idiot and a fool. Why would you put your window down when there is a lion 4 feet away from you?
      It’s only badass if you think clutching your neck while your blood is spilling out of it, as your friends watch on in terror and horror at whats unfolding before them is what you consider badass.

  8. therealeverton says:

    Sad, all the more so because she disobeyed the very sensible rules.

    But it remains a sad loss for all who knew her, and who never will now.


    While visiting Africa I was warned by many park rangers that many Americans are killed because they chose to break the rules given to them by the educated guides. Many a tourist is killed by a rushing hippopotamus…they cannot out run them. At one moment they’re looking through their viewfinder in their camera at this amazing animal in the distance and then the next second the animal is rushing towards them and they’re running to get back into their vehicle and they are killed by this angry animal typically a mother protecting its babies. Happens all the time. I was warned…never leave your vehicle and keep the windows closed at all times. Sad.

  10. polachecks says:

    Absolutely tragic, my thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Such talent does not deserve to be terminated so early on.

  11. skep41 says:

    I used to listen to a Gospel music show on KPFK on Sunday hosted by Prince Dixon. He played a homily by one preacher who told a story about a man who passed a snake on a cold winter morning. The snake told him that it was freezing to death so the man picked him up and warmed him in his coat until the snake recovered and bit him. As he lay dying he asked the snake how he could be so ungrateful.
    “You knew I was a snake when you picked me up,” was the reply.
    Here we have a person who loved wildlife. She was in Africa to work on an anti-poaching film. She cared about the animals but not about common sense or following the rules. Except the lions, unlike the digital animals she was used to dealing with, were real and didn’t get the memo.

    • mightymad says:

      Your story is a variation of the Frog & the Scorpion tale.
      I wonder how many of those are around…

      • Aesop says:

        The Frog & The Scorpion is a variation of the Aesop’s Fable “The Farmer and the Viper” :P

  12. nimportequoi says:

    My sympathies to her family. However, please safe the lioness – they must be respected, too.

    • Sad as it is she had no respect for nature, todays cameras can provide fantastic pictures from any distance there is no need to get that close to the Animals. I hope the Lion doesn’t pay for it.


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