Tragedy occurred on the set of the ABC sitcom “The Conners” after a longtime crew member died following a medical emergency during filming.
“With heavy hearts we regret to confirm that a member of our technical crew suffered a fatal medical event today,” read a statement obtained by Entertainment Tonight from Werner Entertainment, which produces the ABC sitcom. “As we remember our beloved colleague, we ask that you respect the privacy of his family and loved ones as they begin their grieving process.”
“He was a much loved member of ‘The Conners’ and ‘Roseanne’ families for over 25 years. As we remember our beloved colleague, we ask that you respect the privacy of his family and loved ones as they begin their grieving process,” another spokesperson said in a statement, according to NBC News.
Multiple reports have stated that the “fatal medical event” took place at the show’s stages at CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles, and TMZ reported that the unidentified male crew member was on a catwalk when he suffered a medical emergency. Paramedics were called, but they were not able to resuscitate the man, and he passed away at the scene.
“The Conners” should be almost done with filming its third season, and it is unknown at this time if it will be renewed for a fourth.
“The Conners” is the spinoff of the popular 1990s sitcom “Roseanne,” which was revived in 2018 with the original cast returning. “Roseanne” was cancelled in 2018 after star Roseanne Barr was accused of posting racist tweets, and it went on to be revived by ABC as “The Conners.”
“We’re similar in that we have always wanted to stay true to this kind of family and the stories they would encounter struggling to make it emotionally, financially, but hopefully making people laugh and sometimes cry along the way,” star Sara Gilbert told USA Today at the time. “What’s different now is we are missing our matriarch in the show, so our roles are redefined as they would be in a family. People step up, relationships strengthen, people have to step into more of a caregiver role. It’s allowed us to explore some new stories.”