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article imageOscar winning sound man Michael Hopkins drowns

By Tim Sandle     Jan 1, 2013 in Entertainment
Sound engineer Michael Hopkins, who won Oscars for his work on the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy and the 2005 'King Kong' remake, has died in a rafting accident.
According to the BBC, Michael Hopkins, aged 53, from Greytown, New Zealand, died after being thrown from his raft. The accident happened, TVNZ indicates, in the Waiohine River on New Zealand's North Island.
Senior Serjeant Carolyn Watson of the New Zealand Police said in a statement: "Police would like to thank all those who assisted in the recovery of Mr Hopkins and the rescue of his companions, particularly the jet boat operator who came to our aid and, at considerable risk to himself, was able to rescue the female.
"All three were wearing life jackets, wetsuits and helmets at the time and it appears that Mr Hopkins got into trouble after they were ejected from the raft in a fast flowing eddie.
"Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time."
Michael Hopkins and American Ethan Van der Ryn shared two Academy Award for best sound editing on the films 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers' and 'King Kong'. The pair were also nominated for their work on the 2007 film 'Transformers'. Hopkins has also been nominated for five British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards.
Hopkins undertook many projects for Peter Jackson movies, including 'Braindead', 'Heavenly Creatures' and 'The Frighteners', in addition to the three 'Lord of the Rings' movies and 'King Kong'. He also worked on 'Blade Runner', 'Superman', and 'Octopussy'.
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