Hollywood is paying tribute to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins after she died on set of the film Rust.
On Thursday, October 21, a spokesperson for the Sante Fe Sheriff's office confirmed Hutchins, who was 42, died after a prop gun was discharged by Alec Baldwin on the New Mexico set of their upcoming project. Director Joel Souza was also hospitalized.
The director of photography was transported by helicopter to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque — where she was pronounced dead. Souza, 48, was transported by ambulance to Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical center in Santa Fe, where he received emergency medical care, Deadline reported.
The sheriff's department spokesperson said the "investigation remains open and active," noting: "No charges have been filed in regard to this incident."
"Witnesses continue to be interviewed by detectives," the rep concluded.
OK! reported the 30 Rock alum willingly went to the sheriff's office to give a statement. He was released after being questioned by investigators.
The actor was spotted after the fatal accident, looking distraught and in tears outside the sheriff's office headquarters, as he didn't know what kind of ammunition was in the prop gun, an insider claimed.
In light of the tragic incident, stars, directors, screenwriters and more took to social media to honor the late cinematographer, who had worked on films Archenemy, Darlin', Blindfire and The Mad Hatter.
Joe Manganiello — who worked with Hutchins on 2020's Archenemy — took to Instagram on Friday, October 22, to reflect on his own experience with the late director.
“I woke up to the messages and read the news and I am in shock. I was so lucky to have had @halynahutchins as my DP on Archenemy. She was an absolutely incredible talent and a great person," the Magic Mike XXL star began his caption alongside a photo of Hutchins.
Noting "she had such an eye and a visual style," the actor said Hutchins "was the kind of cinematographer that you wanted to see succeed because you wanted to see what she could pull off next."
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"She was a fantastic person," Manganiello, 44, declared, before going on to describe the victim as a woman who was “an ally to anyone in front of the camera."
“Everyone who knew her was rooting for her," he continued, pointing out Hutchins never caved to pressure.
Manganiello wrapped up his tribute by questioning how an incident like this could happen "in this day and age," writing: "gunfire from a prop gun could kill a crew member? This is a horrible tragedy."
The True Blood star concluded: "My heart goes out to her family and especially to her son. I am so sad today for everyone who knew her and worked with her.”
"I pray this will never happen," Gunn continued via Twitter. "My heart goes out to all of those affected by the tragedy today on Rust, especially Halyna Hutchins & her family."
Actress Holly Robinsons Peete called the incident "horrific" and "disturbing," noting the protocol for guns on every set she's been on is so strict. "We are shown the empty barrel of the guns and make sure there’s nothing in the chamber," Peete wrote, before questioning: "How did this happen??"
Rust Movie Productions LLC confirmed the film "has been halted for the time being," sharing in a statement: "The entire cast and crew has been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones."
Following the horrifying incident, a Change.org petition was launched, calling on Hollywood production companies to end the use of real guns on set.