Fatal Joke

Jon-Erik Hexum, a 26-year-old actor, died during the production of an episode of the television series Cover Up in Los Angeles, California, when he shot himself in the head with a blank round loaded into a revolver at point-blank range. A scene had to be filmed an excessive number of times due to various onset problems interfering with the takes, so between takes Hexum picked up a prop revolver loaded with a blank, which be believed was completely harmless, to pantomime shooting himself in the head in order to make a frustrated coworker laugh. Hexum was unaware that blank rounds discharge a wad of plastic sealant when fired that can be dangerous at close-range to unprotected body-parts. The discharged material caused enough blunt force trauma to shatter a quarter-sized piece of his skull and project shards of it into his brain. Hexum was declared brain-dead six days later.

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