A crew member for “The Conners” died on the ABC sitcom’s Los Angeles set on Thursday. The man, whose identity was not disclosed, also worked on “Roseanne.”
“With heavy hearts we regret to confirm that a member of our technical crew suffered a fatal medical event today,” a spokesperson for production company Carsey-Werner confirmed to TheWrap via a statement. “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.”
The man was on the catwalk on Stage 22 on the CBS Studio Center when he suffered a medical emergency and was unable to be resuscitated by medics, according to TMZ. The gossip website said the man was in “his 50s or 60s” and primarily worked the lighting for the show.
The Carsey-Werner spokesperson declined comment to TheWrap on those details.
“Roseanne,” a hit sitcom on ABC in the 1980s and 1990s, returned in Spring 2018. Again, the Roseanne Barr comedy was successful in Nielsen’s TV ratings. But following racist remarks on Twitter by Barr, the show was canceled after just a few months on the air. The series returned without Barr in Fall 2018, when it was retitled “The Conners.”
Currently airing its third season on ABC, “The Conners” stars John Goodman as Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf as Jackie Harris, Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Lecy Goranson as Becky Conner-Healy, Michael Fishman as D.J. Conner, Emma Kenney as Harris Conner-Healy, Ames McNamara as Mark Conner-Healy, Jayden Rey as Mary Conner and Maya Lynne Robinson as Geena Williams-Conner.
The sitcom is executive produced by Tom Werner, along with Gilbert, Bruce Helford, Dave Caplan, Bruce Rasmussen and Tony Hernandez. The series is from Werner Entertainment.