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Gary Hutzel, ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ VFX Supervisor, Dies at 60

Four-time Emmy winner Gary Hutzel, known for his VFX work on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Caprice” and “Battlestar Galactica,” died Friday. He was 60.

Hutzel died while working on upcoming Freeform drama “Beyond” in Vancouver, a rep for the network confirmed.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague, Gary Hutzel. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and our ‘Beyond’ family,” Freeform said in a statement.

Along with his four wins, Hutzel was nominated 20 times at the Emmys in his long career. Hutzel worked on VFX in the first five seasons of “Next Generation” before moving to “Deep Space Nine” in 2003. He would go on to serve as visual effects supervisor on that series for its seven-season run.

After “Star Trek,” executive producer Ronald D. Moore hired Hutzel for the rebooted “Battlestar Galactica” and “Caprica.”

Along with his work on “Beyond,” Hutzel also recently served as visual effects supervisor on Syfy’s “Defiance.” He came to Southern California from Ann Arbor, Mich., in the ’80s and first worked on 1985’s “Teen Wolf.”

Visual effects artists Michael and Denise Okuda mourned Hutzel on their Facebook page, writing, “We are reeling in shock at the sudden death of our friend and colleague. His creativity, dedication and unfailing good humor helped make him a major contributor to the worlds of Star Trek: TNG and DS9 as well as Battlestar Galactica and numerous other projects that were fortunate to benefit from his genius.”

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