‘Power’ Series Crew Member Pedro Jimenez, 63, Killed In On-Set Car Accident In Brooklyn
A crew member of the Starz television show Power died early Monday after he was hit by a car in Brooklyn, New York.
Pedro Jimenez, a 63-year-old production assistant, was reportedly hit by an SUV early Monday morning as he was setting up traffic cones to prepare for the series’ shoot on location in Brooklyn. The cones were reportedly meant to indicate a parking lane for production vehicles.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the members of our Power family,” Starz said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with Mr. Jimenez’s family as we work to fully understand what has happened.”
According to Billboard, production on Power — which is currently filming it sixth season — has been suspended in order to honor Jimenez.
The New York Police Department is reportedly investigating the death of Jimenez, who was struck by a car driven by 64-year-old man who had no connection to Power’s production.
Power is a crime drama series created by Courtney A. Kemp and boasts rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson as one of its executive producers. The show stars Omari Hardwick and Naturi Naughton and centers on nightclub owner James “Ghost” St. Patrick, played by Hardwick, who leads a double life as a renown drug-dealer in New York and whose personal and professional lives start to unravel. The Starz series first premiered in 2014 and has been nominated for People’s Choice Awards and NAACP Image Awards since it began. In addition to executive producing, 50 Cent also stars in the series as a drug dealer named Kanan. The rapper tweeted this following Jimenez’s death on Monday:
I just learned we lost Pedro Jimenez, a member of the Power production team early this morning. My prayers and condolences are with the entire Jimenez family. pic.twitter.com/uXbePy8qj2
— 50cent (@50cent) December 10, 2018
Hardwick also shared a photo of a news headline of the production assistant’s death on Instagram and added a long caption for it.
“NO team ever imagines losing a teammate. Let alone like this,” the actor wrote. “On behalf of ALL of us here at Power, we send our deepest condolences to the entire Jimenez family & God, we ask that you warmly receive our good ole Pedro. Please send up prayers for the Jimenez family while loving on your own.”
I sit next to my family as i type this post of a day gone the worst. Started as a regular ole workday for everyone of us. Ironically for me the night prior saw me as part of the special… https://t.co/PeaOBWXoOl
— Omari Hardwick (@OmariHardwick) December 10, 2018