Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins, 53, who worked on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and other movie blockbusters, has died in a New Zealand rafting accident.
Mr. Hopkins drowned Sunday when his raft capsized during a flash flood in a river on New Zealand's North Island, authorities said. His wife, Nicci, survived.
The New Zealand Herald quoted Rings director Peter Jackson as saying many actors, directors, and film crew members who were lucky enough to work with Mr. Hopkins would miss him deeply.
"Mike was a very genuine, caring, and warmhearted guy with a great sense of humor," Jackson said.