Filming for Power Season 6 was halted on Monday morning after an accident on set ended with the death of a crew member. Pedro Jimenez was killed around 4:30 am after he was hit by an SUV on set.
Jimenez was a longtime production assistant and had been working on the Starz series since 2014. He had been setting out traffic cones as the crew prepared to film that day when he was struck by a 2006 Ford Explorer that was reportedly being driven by another member of the Power crew.
Pedro Jimenez was immediately transported to a Brooklyn hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The driver remained on the scene and NYPD has begun an investigation. It’s not clear why the SUV lost control, but at this point Jimenez’s death has been called an accident and no arrests have been made.
Call time for cast members was 7 am according to Deadline. None of the stars of Power were on set at the time of the accident.
Out of respect for the fallen crew member, production of Power on Starz remains temporarily suspended. Additionally, the time off is said to allow stars of the series a chance to mourn the loss of the longtime production assistant.
Power stars react to the death of Pedro Jimenez
After learning of Pedro Jimenez’s death on the set of Power, many of the Starz series’ cast reacted to his death.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the members of our Power family. Our thoughts are with Mr. Jimenez’ family as we work to fully understand what has happened,” read the official Starz statement.
50 Cent quickly also shared his grief on Twitter.
I just learned we lost Pedro Jimenez, a member of the Power production team early this morning. My prayers and condolences are with the entire Jimenez family. pic.twitter.com/uXbePy8qj2
— 50cent (@50cent) December 10, 2018
“I just learned we lost Pedro Jimenez, a member of the Power production team early this morning. My prayers and condolences are with the entire Jimenez family,” he wrote.
Omari Hardwick also took a moment to write a heartfelt message about Pedro’s passing on Instagram.
Naturi Naughton also weighed in.
A Gofundme campaign has also been set up to help raise money for his family.
It has not been determined when the filming of Power will resume. Production was already scheduled to head into a holiday break and there has been speculation that Starz may now resume filming after that planned break is over.More: Power