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Crew member killed on sci-fi film set

Set dresser Ritchie struck by debris

TORONTO — One crew member was killed Thursday on the Toronto set of the Samuel L. Jackson sci-fi thriller “Jumper” after being struck by frozen debris in a freak accident.

Set dresser David Ritchie was pronounced dead on the scene after a large piece of frozen sand and gravel fell from the top of a wall at an outdoor set that he and three crew members were dismantling in frigid winter temperatures.

Another crew member was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and kept overnight for observation.

“On behalf of the entire production, it is with profound sadness that we confirm this tragic accident,” read a statement from Jumper Prods. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to David Ritchie’s family and all of those affected at this time.”

“He was loved by everyone on the crew,” said a colleague of Ritchie, who was 56. “He had a wonderful, gentle spirit.”

Lensing on “Jumper,” which also stars Hayden Christensen, wrapped in Toronto on Jan. 19. Cast and other crew members are on location in Tokyo.

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