Halyna Hutchins’ heartbroken husband Matthew has penned an emotional tribute to his wife describing her as an ‘inspiration.’
The 42-year-old cinematographer was shot and killed on the set of the film Rust by a prop gun used by actor Alec Baldwin which police have now said was loaded with live ammunition, something the actor was unaware of.
Director Joel Souza was also injured but has since been released from the hospital.
Opening up about his devastation, Matthew took to Twitter to praise his wife’s passion and thank those who have taken the time to remember her over the past few days.
He wrote: ‘Halyna inspired us all with her passion and vision, and her legacy is too meaningful to encapsulate in words.
‘Our loss is enormous, and we ask that the media please respect my family’s privacy as we process our grief. We thank everyone for sharing images and stories of her life.’
Along with Matthew, whom Halyna was married to for 16 years, she leaves behind their nine-year-old son, and the heart-rendering message was accompanied by a picture of them posing together as they splashed about in a river.
The bittersweet post comes after Matthew described how Alec has been there for the family since the accident saying: ‘I have spoken with Alec Baldwin and he has been very supportive. ‘
Opening up about his own grief over the tragedy, the 63-year-old actor wrote on Twitter: ‘ There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, a mother and a deeply admired colleague of ours.
‘I’m fully cooperating with the police to investigate how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew Halyna.
According to a police affidavit as reported by Reuters the assistant director did not know that the gun was loaded with live ammo when he handed it to Alec.
Several news outlets including the LA Times and Deadline Hollywood have reported that there were walkouts on the set of the film six or seven hours before the tragedy.
‘We cited everything from lack of payment for three weeks, taking our hotels away despite asking for them in our deals, lack of COVID safety, and top of that, poor gun safety! Poor on-set safety period,’ one crew member was reported as saying by Deadline.Internet Explorer Channel Network