March 31, 1993
Wilmington, North Carolina
Actor Brandon Lee dies in a hospital after an accident on the set of The Crow
The accident in question involved a scene in which Lee’s character is shot at the beginning of the movie. A blank — which produces the recoil of a normal bullet being fired but does not discharge a projectile — had been loaded into the gun for the scene. Unfortunately, a piece of a bullet used in another scene, which had been improperly modified, remained in the gun’s barrel. This small piece of bullet was shot into Lee’s stomach and rested in his spine. Lee died at the age of 28.