Jon-Erik Hexum’s ‘Cover Up’ co-star Jennifer O’Neill remembers late actor: ‘Gun safety is essential’


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Halina Hutchins and director Joel Souza were shot on the outskirts of Santa Fe

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The tragedy on the New Mexico set of Alec Baldwin’s film “Rust” has been compared to John-Eric Hexum, who died under similar circumstances.

Officials said Baldwin fired a prop gun on the film’s set that killed cinematographer Helena Hutchins and injured director Joel Souza.


A spokesperson for the actor said that there was an accident on the set which involved a prop gun misfire with Blank. Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios said detectives were investigating how and what type of projectile was fired. Santa Fe New Mexican reported that the 63-year-old was seen in tears outside the sheriff’s office on Thursday.

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It is reminiscent of another horrific accident that took place decades ago that ended Hexum’s life.

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In 1984, Starr fatally shot himself in the head with a prop gun blank while pretending to play Russian roulette with a .44 Magnum on the set of his CBS series “Cover Up.” He was 26 years old.

After pulling the trigger, the impact of the explosion fractured Hexum’s skull, driving a piece of bone the size of a quarter into his brain and causing massive hemorrhage, Entertainment Weekly informed of. Hexum was taken to Beverly Hills Medical Center but was declared brain dead after five hours of surgery.

His co-star, Jennifer O’Neill, told Granthshala News that it’s a haunting reminder that gun safety is important on Hollywood sets.

“what a tragedy!” said the actress. “Gun safety is essential and needs to be addressed professionally to prevent the tragic loss of innocent lives.”

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“John-Eric Hexum was at the pinnacle of his life and career when he accidentally shot himself with a half-loaded prop gun while fooling around to play Russian roulette on set,” she shared.

O’Neill said the star made a “selfless donation” of his viable organs “to save the lives of so many people after his fatal accident.”

John-Eric Hexum, an actor and model, was a rising star in Hollywood.

The 73-year-old, who has since found God, said she is praying for Hexum’s family as well as Hutchins.

“At that time, I had not yet come to my faith in Jesus – nor did I know whether John-Eric had assumed faith in Christ … his family, friends and admirers,” O’Neill said. gets some relief from cutting his prime.”

After Hexum’s death, “Cover Up” hung out with Antony Hamilton for only one season. And a few years later, the actor’s mother, Greta Hexum, won an undisclosed out-of-court settlement with Twentieth Century Granthshala Television and Glenn Larson Productions.

In 'Cover Up', John-Eric Hexum played a secret agent.

Almost a decade later, the son of the late great martial artist Bruce Lee had a similar fate.

Brandon Lee died in 1993 after being hit by a .44-caliber slug while filming a death scene for “The Crow”. The gun was believed to have fired a blank, but an autopsy revealed a bullet near his spine. He was 28 years old.

Following the accident on the set of “Rust,” Lee’s Twitter account, which is run by her sister Shannon, shared a heartfelt message on social media.

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“Our hearts go out to the family of Helena Hutchins and Joel Souza and everyone involved in the ‘Rust’ incident,” it read. “No one should ever be hit with a gun on a film set. Period.”

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