The Crow actor who fired accidental fatal shot at Brandon Lee dies

The other person involved in the tragic death of actor Brandon Lee has passed away himself.

Michael Massee, who played the character Funboy in 1994's The Crow and pulled the trigger on the prop gun that ended up killing star Brandon Lee, has passed away at the age of 61.

The Crow was being filmed at a studio in North Carolina on March 31, 1993, with eight days left on the schedule, when Massee was handed a prop gun to fire at Lee. The gun had been used earlier but improperly reloaded, with a dummy bullet accidentally jammed in the barrel. When Massee fired at Lee, that bullet was dislodged and struck Lee in the abdomen. He died at the age of 28 after six hours of surgery, and his death was ruled as an accident.

The film was completed using digital effects and stand-ins and released in May 1994. But Massee, who returned home to New York after the accident and took some time off from acting, reportedly never watched The Crow. He said in a 2005 interview, “I don’t think you ever get over something like that."

Massee did eventually resume his career, with roles in movies like Seven, The Game, Lost Highway, Catwoman and both Amazing Spider-Man entries, in which he played the mysterious "gentleman" Gustav Fiers. His TV credits included 24, Rizzoli & Isles, The X-Files, Alias, Supernatural, The Blacklist and more.

According to Variety, the details and cause of his death weren’t immediately available. The news was first announced on Instagram by Massee's friend, actor Anthony Delon, and confirmed by his agent. We offer our condolences and hope he has found some peace.

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