A DC's Titans crew member is dead after a stunt gone wrong.
The show's special effects coordinator Warren Appleby died on Thursday after an accident occurred during a special effects test involving a car. Appleby was struck by a piece of the car that broke off during the test at an off-site special effects facility, TV Guide has learned. Production has been shut down for two days following the incident.
Warner Bros., who produces the show for the DC Universe streaming service, released the following statement: "We are heartbroken and devastated by the passing of our treasured colleague, special effects coordinator Warren Appleby, after an accident which occurred at a special effects facility during the preparation and testing for an upcoming shoot. 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."
Titans is not the first Hollywood production to experience this kind of tragedy in recent years. In July 2017, The Walking Dead stuntman John Bernecker died after an on-set accident. A month later, a stuntman died on the set of Deadpool 2. L.A.'s Finest also had a car accident on set that led co-showrunner Brandon Sonnier to have his leg amputated. And former Teen Wolf star Dylan O'Brien was seriously injured performing a stunt in the last Maze Runner film in 2016.
The string of accidents, deaths, and serious injuries have caused many in Hollywood to call for new measures in stunt safety.