In Honor of a Morning Show Camera Assistant Who Was Tragically Killed on a Motorcycle, Jennifer Aniston.
The death of a member of the Morning Show family has left Jennifer Aniston in despair.
An Emmy Award-winning series camera assistant, Erik Gunnar Mortensen, was killed in a motorbike accident on a Southern California highway on Monday at the age of 39. The incident included only one vehicle, and the cause is still being investigated.
There was a collision on the highway between Hemet and Mountain Center at roughly 6:40 pm on Sunday. It took about an hour for Mortensen to die at the Hemet Global Medical Center, according to a statement from the Riverside County Coroner.
Jennifer Aniston posted an Instagram Story tribute to Mortensen on Thursday, including photographs of him and his wife Keely and their 2-year-old son Lars.
“Our Gunnar Mortensen died unexpectedly this week. Definitely one of the show’s brightest stars. As a camera assistant, he excelled and was devoted to his work, and we will miss him, she wrote.”
ICG Local 600’s GoFundMe campaign to aid Mortensen’s family “during this difficult period” received more than $115,000 after the Golden Globe winner posted a link to the website.
As a result of his injuries incurred in a motorcycle accident on July 4, camera assistant Gunnar Mortensen passed away on Monday, according to a statement released by the local’s leadership. “Gunnar’s wife, Keely, and their 2-year-old kid, Lars, are all that remains of his family.
A GoFundMe account has been created in Gunnar’s honor to assist his family financially during this trying time, thanks to the support of Local 600 members. Please consider making a donation if you are able.”
As a member of Local 600 for 13 years, Mortensen was elected to the National Executive Board of the International Cinematographers Guild in 2013 and has been a co-chair of the Active Engagement Committee since 2017, per Variety. In addition, he established the Annual Camera Assistant Field Day and gave camera seminars.
According to his IMDb, Mortensen was inspired to pursue a career in film after he observed a camera truck driving by filming the 1992 comedy Ladybugs. Despite his tender years, “he was enthralled,” reads his bio.
Since 2007, he’s racked up 81 credits in Los Angeles, including work on shows like The Real World, 90210, Sons of Anarchy, and Transparency, as well as films like Jack and Jill, Cooties, The Money in the World, Hubie Halloween, and Yes Day. He began his career filming car commercials in Denver, Colorado, before moving to Los Angeles.
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