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'Lord of the Rings' sound editor Mike Hopkins dies in accident

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Lord of the Rings sound editor Mike Hopkins has passed away following an accident.

The 53-year-old, who frequently worked with Peter Jackson on movie projects, died after a rafting incident in New Zealand, according to BBC News.

The late Mike Hopkins photographed in 2006

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He was thrown from a raft while on the Waiohine River on New Zealand's North Island. He was killed despite wearing safety gear, while two other people who were with him at the time both survived.

Hopkins worked on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and King Kong, and won Academy Awards for the films.

Police Senior Sergeant Carolyn Watson is quoted as saying: "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 eddy."

Watch the trailer for Hopkins's King Kong below:

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