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People Really Killed By 'Fake' Weapons

You might cringe while watching a violent movie in which characters are stabbed, shot, strangled, or otherwise grievously harmed, but at least you can tell yourself it's just movie magic, right? But sometimes, a fake weapon can prove to be just as fatal. There have been numerous people slain by fake weapons, including actors ended by prop weapons and even kids who lost their lives trying to pull seemingly harmless pranks, proving that even toys and innocent jokes can sometimes be fatal.

  • Cinematographer Shot By Prop Gun On Set Of Alec Baldwin Film

    Actor Alex Baldwin discharged a prop gun that led to the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie Rust in New Mexico on October 21, 2021. Director Joel Souza was wounded. Authorities with the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office said they were investigating the incident and trying to determine "what type of projectile was discharged." 

    No charges have been made in the incident, and Baldwin, both a star and producer of the film, has been cooperating with authorities. Baldwin released a statement the day after the incident:

    There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I'm fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family. My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.



  • Actor Stabbed With Prop Samurai Sword

    Actor Daigo Kashino (also called Daigo Naito), 33, was killed when he was stabbed in the stomach with a prop samurai sword during rehearsal for a play in Tokyo in February 2016. Oddly enough, no one saw what happened. They heard Kashino cry out, then saw him bent over in apparent pain. Kashino had appeared in the Japanese TV show Love Shuffle, and was a voice actor in the anime Detective Conan: The Raven Chaser

  • Actor Hanged Himself During Immersive Play

    Raphael Schumacher, 27, was an actor in an experimental theater work in Italy in February 2016, according to CNN. In this particular play, audience members walked around the space and discovered different scenes. In Schumacher's scene, he gave a monologue before putting his own head in a noose. It wasn't until a med student in the audience noticed him shaking that it was discovered he had accidentally hanged himself.

    Schumacher was taken to a hospital, where he remained in a coma until he was declared brain dead. Others involved with the play stated that Schumacher's scene was supposed to be a shooting, but it was the actor's own idea to change it to a hanging. 

  • Actor Slit His Own Throat With Prop Knife

    Daniel Hoevels, 30, was injured while acting in a play in a Hamburg theater in 2008. Hoevels' character committed suicide by slitting his own throat with a knife. When Hoevels went to act out the scene, he ended up slicing his own throat for real. It turned out that the property manager who bought the knife forgot to blunt the blade.

    Hoevels received stitches, and later declined to press charges against the forgetful prop manager.