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'Lone Ranger' Crewmember Dies on Set

UPDATED: Disney confirms that a staffer on the set of the Johnny Depp-starring Western died of an apparent drowning.

"The Lone Ranger"

A crewmember working on Disney’s The Lone Ranger  has died on the set in an apparent drowning.

Disney confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that the death of the crewmember on the Johnny Depp-starring Western occurred today. The worker's name has not been released.

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"We regretfully confirm that a Lone Ranger crewmember has passed away after being taken to a local hospital. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues at this time, and our full support is behind the investigation into the circumstances of this terrible event," said the studio in a statement, confirming a TMZ report.

The crewmember is said to have died during preparation for an underwater action scene. The person was not a stunt performer and did not die during filming. Disney is investigating the circumstances.

The big-budget movie, being directed by Gore Verbinski, has filmed in New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado and Utah but moved to Los Angeles in September.

The shoot has endured wind and dust storms, and Depp reportedly injured himself during a horse-riding scene.