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Oscar-winning sound editor Michael Hopkins killed in rafting accident

  • Oscar-winning sound editor Michael Hopkins has died in a rafting accident in New Zealand.

    Hopkins, who worked on films such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the 2005 King Kong remake, was killed after being thrown from his raft on Sunday.

    He won Academy Awards for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers in 2003 and King Kong in 2006.

    Hopkins, from Greytown, New Zealand, also worked on Blade Runner, Superman, Octopussy and Transformers.

    The accident occurred in the Waiohine River on New Zealand's North Island. Hopkins’ two rafting companions survived.