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Katherine Chappell: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Film Editor Tragically Killed By Lion In South Africa

Wed, June 3, 2015 10:04am EDT by 3 Comments
Katherine Chappell Dead
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This is so sad. Katherine Chappell, who worked as a special effects editor on ‘Game Of Thrones,’ was killed by a lion while on safari in South Africa. She was just 29 years old.

Katherine Chappell, 29, was in South Africa to raise money for a charitable organization, but her trip went seriously wrong during a ride through a safari park, when she was trying to take photos and a lion jumped through the window and killed her. The tour guide, Pierre Potgieter, is now opening up about the horrific accident.

Despite original reports that said otherwise, Pierre insists that he and Katherine were not driving with the windows down. Rather, she rolled hers down at the last minute to take a photograph, when the lion attacked.

“The tourist had a camera and, of her own accord, rolled down the passenger window to take photographs. A lion then attacked the tourist through the open window,” Mrs. Potgieter, Pierre’s wife, said in a statement to the Daily Mail. “Mr. Potgieter tried to fend the lioness off and in the process sustained injuries to the arm.”

When the lion finally backed off, Pierre says he tried to stop Katherine’s profuse bleeding, but it was too late, and she passed away while paramedics were treating her. Pierre reportedly suffered a heart attack during or after the scary ordeal.

Katherine Chappell: Her Work Remembered

Katherine worked as a special effects editor for the production company Scanline, where she did work on Game Of Thrones, as well as in the movies Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Divergent. She was actually part of GOT’s Emmy-winning team in 2014 for the episode “The Children.”

While in South Africa, Katherine was working for Wildlife ACT, a group dedicated to the protection and conservation of animals in the country. She jetted to Africa from Vancouver, Canada, where she’s currently living, just one week before the tragic accident occurred.

Our thoughts are with Katherine’s family during this difficult and sad time.

— Alyssa Norwin