'Lord of the Rings' sound editor dies in accident
MANILA, Philippines - Double Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins drowned in a rafting accident in New Zealand, police said Monday, December 31, 2012.
Hopkins, a 53-year-old New Zealander, died after being thrown into a fast-flowing stretch of river in the remote Tararua Ranges in the central North Island on Saturday, December 29. His two rafting companions survived.
All 3 were wearing life jackets, wetsuits and helmets, Senior Sergeant Carolyn Watson said.
Hopkins won Oscars for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers in 2003 and King Kong in 2006 while working with American Ethan Van der Ryn.
He also worked on several other notable movies including Blade Runner, Superman, The Last Emperor and Octopussy.
The death of another Peter Jackson collaborator (and long-time confidante) Eileen Moran was reported earlier in December also in New Zealand.
The visual effects producer worked on The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. She was also an executive producer at Jackson's Weta Digital, the group that won an Oscar for best visual effects for James Cameron's Avatar in 2009. - Rappler.com