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Supernatural's Jensen Ackles pays tribute to Halyna Hutchins after tragic ‘Rust’ shooting accident

“This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing,” the Supernatural star wrote.

By James Comtois
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Rust co-star Jensen Ackles has issued a tribute to cinematographer Halyna Hutchins after she was accidentally killed last week on the set of the Western film. Rust star and producer Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun on the set that unexpectedly had a live round of ammunition, killing the 42-year-old Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza.

“This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing,” Ackles wrote in an Instagram post on Sunday before describing Hutchins as “an inspiration.” 

“Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was,” the Supernatural star added in a post featuring pictures of Hutchins. “I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly. She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment. She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down.” 

“My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family,” Ackles wrote. “There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is.”

Ackles asked that those who “are able, and feel compelled,” to donate to the AFI Scholarship Fund in her name and to a dedicated GoFundMe site for her family. 

This statement from Ackles follows other tributes to Hutchins from Baldwin, Souza, and the family of Brandon Lee, who was killed on the set of 1994's supernatural action movie The Crow with a prop gun at the age of 28. 

Since the tragic accident, several industry insiders — from The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke to The Suicide Squad director James Gunn — have vowed to improve on-set gun safety measures going forward.

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