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Starz's Power series halts production after a crew member was killed on set

Word has come in that Starz's crime drama television series POWER has halted production on its sixth season after an on-set accident claimed the life of a production assistant early Monday morning.

The accident occurred in Brooklyn at approximately 4:30 AM EST, when Pedro Jimenez was struck by a 2006 Ford Explorer SUV while setting up traffic cones for a scheduled shoot. Emergency vehicles arrived on the scene shortly thereafter, to transfer Jimenez to Brooklyn Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He was 63 years old.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the members of our ‘Power’ family,” a Starz spokesperson said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with Mr. Jimenez’ family as we work to fully understand what has happened.”

For the moment, there is no telling how long the production of POWER will be shut down. Created by Courtney A. Kemp, POWER made its Starz debut in 2014. Hailed as one of the network's flagship dramas, the crime series stars Omari Harwick, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora, Lela Loren, Rotimi, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Randall Emmett, Mark Canton and Gary Lennon.

We here at JoBlo would like to extend out condolences to Mr. Jimenez's family, friends and co-workers. As crewmember safety continues to be an ongoing issue for Hollywood, we can only hope that stricter safety measures are being workshopped, so as to better protect those who help to create the movies and television series we know and appreciate.

Source: Variety

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