Michael Massee Dead: Actor Who Accidentally Shot, Killed Brandon Lee on ‘The Crow’ Set Dies Aged 61

Michael Massee
Michael Massee in 2004 Albert L. Ortega/WireImage

Michael Massee, the actor who accidentally and fatally shot Brandon Lee on the set of 1994’s cult movie The Crow, has died aged 61.

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Massee’s agent confirmed his death to Variety on Wednesday, October 26, although further details were not available.

The actor, who played Funboy in the film, shot and killed the son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee after firing a prop gun that had been improperly loaded on set.

Brandon was rushed to the hospital after being shot by Massee but died in surgery on March 31, 1993, at the age of 28.

Much of the film had already been completed, and despite the on-set tragedy, The Crow went on to became a fan favorite after its release, grossing more than $50 million in the US.

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News of Massee’s death was first announced on social media by actor Anthony Delon, who costarred with him in French television series Interventions.

“R.I.P. my friend Michael. You were ‘five seconds away from making a clean getaway’,” Delon captioned an Instagram photo on Wednesday.

Michael Massee as Funboy in The Crow
Michael Massee as Funboy in ‘The Crow.’

Despite being perhaps best known for the fatal, infamous accident, Massee had a long list or nearly 80 credits over his career, including the movies Se7en and The Amazing Spider-Man.

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He played terrorist leader Ira Gaines on season one of Fox’s thriller 24 and baddie Charles Hoyt on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, as well as appearances on Supernatural, The X-Files and Alias.

Massee’s Rizzoli & Isles costar Angie Harmon also paid tribute to the late actor on Wednesday.

“My heart is heavy to hear of his passing. He was IMMENSELY talented & had the kindest soul. I am privileged to have known him,” she wrote.

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