‘We’re going to miss you’: Jennifer Aniston shares emotional tribute as she mourns ‘sudden’ death of The Morning Show’s camera assistant
- The actress, 53, paid tribute to camera assistant Erik Gunnar Mortensen
- Gunnar died Monday at age 39 in a motorcycle accident on Highway 74
Jennifer Aniston has paid tribute to The Morning Show’s camera assistant Erik Gunnar Mortensen after he died ‘suddenly’ in a motorcycle accident.
The actress, 53, took to her Instagram Stories on Thursday to pay her respects to her late colleague, who she described as “skilled and dedicated to his job.”
Gunnar died Monday at age 39 in a motorcycle accident on California Highway 74, which is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.
Grief: Jennifer Aniston (pictured in January 2020) has paid tribute to The Morning Show’s camera assistant Erik Gunnar Mortensen after he died ‘suddenly’ in a motorcycle accident
He was rushed to Hemet Global Medical Center after the incident and died about an hour later at 7:47 PM, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
On Instagram on Thursday, Jennifer shared an emotional tribute to Gunnar, who she described as “one of the bright lights” on the set of The Morning Show, where she stars as Alex Levy.
She wrote: ‘Last week we suddenly and tragically lost Gunnar Mortensen. One of the bright lights on our @themorningshow set.
“As a camera assistant, he was so skilled and dedicated to his job. In memory of Gunnar, a page has been set up to raise money for his wife Keely and his two-year-old son Lars during this difficult time. We’re going to miss you, Gunnar.’
Loss: The actress, 53, took to her Instagram Stories on Thursday to pay her respects to her late colleague, who is survived by his wife Keely, and his two-year-old son Lars.
She also shared a link to a GoFundMe page to raise money for Gunnar’s family, who have already raised $128,805 (£107,800), surpassing the $20,000 (£16,000) goal in just two days.
The fundraising page was set up by Local 600, which represents camera professionals, and Gunnar was a member of the group for 13 years, according to Variety.
A description on the page read: ‘Local 600 mourns the passing of Gunnar Mortensen, a camera assistant who died on Monday, July 4, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. Gunnar is survived by his wife, Keely, and his 2-year-old son, Lars.
“In memory of Gunnar, Local 600 has set up this GoFundMe page to raise money for his family during this difficult time. We encourage you to donate if you can.”
Gunnar has reportedly served on the National Executive Board of the International Cinematographer’s Guild (ICG) since 2013, and has also co-chaired the Active Engagement Committee since 2017.
In tribute to him, Rebecca Rhine, national director of the ICG, told Variety, “Gunnar was happiest sharing stories and photos of his family. He found the joy and humor in everything and showed us how to follow the guiding light of kindness and laughter.
“He left us way too early. We will continue his spirit in his name.”
According to Gunnar’s IMBD page, he worked as a camera assistant on such projects as Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé, Lorde’s Green Light music video, Yes Day and Hubie Halloween.
Since 2007, he has worked on a total of 81 different projects after discovering his love of filmmaking when he saw a camera truck driving past him for 1992 Ladybugs. He started his career filming car commercials in Denver before moving to Los Angeles.
Gunnar was also a founding member of the Society of Focus Technicians, which is now an internationally recognized group, according to IMDB.
‘We’re going to miss you’: Jennifer described Gunnar as ‘one of the bright lights’ on the set of The Morning Show, where she stars as Alex Levy (pictured in 2019)