Costume designer dies during film shoot

Michael Dennison was working on 'One for the Money'

Michael Dennison, who designed costumes for such films as "Eat Pray Love," "The Book of Eli" and "The Spirit," died Sept. 2 from a brain aneurysm during a film shoot in Pittsburgh. He was 58.

Dennison was working in the costume department at the production office of the Lakeshore-Sidney Kimmel Entertainment film "One for the Money" when paramedics were called Aug. 31. He was admitted into UPMC Mercy hospital and died two days later.

Dennison's death stunned the cast and crew of the film, which was preparing to wrap principal photography.

"It was an honor and a privilege to work with Michael," "Money" star Katherine Heigl said. "I am heartbroken by his sudden passing as is everyone here on the film. My love and prayers go out to his family and friends. I pray they are surrounded by much love, grace and compassion during this time of grief and loss. I will never forget Michael and his wonderful, passionate, talented spirit."

Dennison received a Primetime Emmy nomination this year for his work on Lifetime telefilm "Georgia O'Keeffe." He died four days after the awards show.

During a career that spanned three decades, Dennison also worked on such films as "The Eye" (2008), "W." (2008), "World Trade Center" (2006), "Almost Famous" (2000), "Snow Falling on Cedars" (1999), "Basic Instinct" (1992) and "Moscow on the Hudson" (1984).

Survivors include his brothers Greg (and his wife Carol) and John (wife Mary).

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Center for Organ Recovery & Education in Pittsburgh. Dennison donated five of his organs to recipients in three states.
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