A crew member on the hit STARZ series Power was killed Monday morning, shutting down production on Season 6 of the drama, Ebony reports.
Deadline reports that longtime production assistant Pedro Jimenez was fatally struck by an SUV at about 4:30 a.m. EST while setting up parking cones for a Brooklyn location shoot. STARZ confirmed the news with a statement:
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the members of our Power family. Our thoughts are with Mr. Jimenez’s family as we work to fully understand what has happened.”
Jimenez was with the series since its first day of production. He was 63 years old.
NYPD officials are investigating the incident. Deadline reports that the driver of the 2006 Ford Explorer that hit Jimenez was also a member of the Power crew.
The Omari Hardwick-led series has temporarily shut down production out of respect for Jimenez’s family, who was informed of his passing almost immediately after medical authorities at Brooklyn Hospital pronounced him dead. It will also allow fellow crew members as well as cast to grieve. Show co-creator 50 Cent shared his condolences on Instagram.
No cast members were on set during the incident. There was no word on when production would continue.