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Investigation Continues Into Stagehand’s Fatal Fall On MTV Movie Awards Set

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — CAL/OSHA is continuing to investigate the fatal fall of a stagehand on the set of the MTV Movie Awards.

Investigators say Jose Lucero, 22, was helping strike the Universal City set when he fell on Wednesday.

Amanda Burden, reporting for CBS2 and KCAL9, talked to co-workers and safety officials.

She says, “It’s easy to see from looking at Jose Locero’s Facebook page that he is passionate about working on shows … he worked on some of the biggest, including the Grammys, Oscars and MTV Movie Awards and he’s often shown proudly posing on the job.”

Lucero was high in the rafters of the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal CityWalk on the catwalks.

At this point, CAL/OSHA spokesman Peter Melton said something went terribly wrong.

“The employee fell 63 feet while attempting to work outside of the catwalks,” Melton said.

Somehow, Lucero slipped off the upper riggings and fell to the stage below.

A co-worker discovered him and called 911. But it was too late.

Lucero was rushed to Cedars-Sinai where he was pronounced dead.

He was apparently working in an area called “The Ozone” where workers seldom go. It’s the space between the ceiling and the catwalks above the stage of the theater.

Burden said Lucero’s friends and family are still too shaken to talk on camera. But she did report “feelings of deep sorrow” among his fellow IATSE union workers. They’re mourning one of their own, dying do what he loved.

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