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'Dark Knight Rises' Extra Died During New York Shoot

After skirting rumors of an on-set death in November, Warner Bros. and the Screen Actors Guild confirm an unidentified male died during production.

Christian Bale, Tom Hardy
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The epic Dark Knight Rises brawl scenes filmed in New York City in November did not go off without a hitch.

One unidentified male extra reportedly suffered a heart attack during rehearsals and died. Both Warner Bros. and the Screen Actors Guild confirm an extra passed away, as first reported by the New York Post.

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No principal cast or filmmaker was present when the actor, not working under a SAG contract, reportedly wandered off during a break to be later discovered unconscious.

He was taken to a hospital but couldn't be revived.

“The studio can confirm that a male extra passed away while on a break during an off-set crowd rehearsal for a sequence with several hundred extras... in early November," a Warner Bros. rep told The Post. "Production fully cooperated with the authorities’ investigation, which established that he died of natural causes."

The scene he was reportedly rehearsing, a huge fight that takes place between Arkham Asylum escapees led by Tom Hardy's Bane and the Gotham City police force, was caught by amateur filmmakers during the Wall Street shoot.

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The extra joins an unfortunate rash of on-set deaths that have plagued big productions as of late. In October, a stuntman died on the set of Expendables 2, and in November, a crew member died on the New Orleans set of the G.I. Joe sequel.

An eight-minute prologue of The Dark Knight Rises will air before IMAX screenings of Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol on Dec. 16. The film opens July 20, 2012.