Death on the set of Johnny Depp's new movie, 'Lone Ranger'

Death on the set of  Johnny Depp's new movie, 'Lone Ranger'

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BEVERLY HILLS (AP) -- There was only one thing Johnny Depp had to do to prepare to play Barnabas Collins in "Dark Shadows." Watch the original TV series with Jonathan Frid. Depp says he picked up the way Frid walked like he had a pole in his back, the way he talked. Frid sent Depp a letter giving him his blessing to play Barnabas. Frid and other members of the original cast have cameos in the party scene of the movie. "Dark Shadows" starts in some theaters at midnight. It goes nationwide tomorrow.

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 6:23 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Authorities are investigating the apparently drowning of a crew member who was working on a set for upcoming "The Lone Ranger" film.

Coroner's spokesman Ed Winter says a 48-year-old man was pronounced dead around 10 a.m. Friday. He was cleaning a pool that was going to be used in the film in Acton, which is in northeast Los Angeles County. Winter says it appears the man suffered a heart attack.

The man's identity was not released.

Walt Disney Studios is producing the film starring Johnny Depp. It expressed its condolences, saying the studio's thoughts are with the man's family, friend and co-workers. The studio is also cooperating with the investigation, which will include an autopsy to determine his cause of death.

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