Union apologizes for announcing death of TV crew member

Pop Goes The News — A union representing film and television workers in Quebec apologized Monday for erroneously announcing the death of one of its members.

“We are immensely sorry for the pain caused to his family and offer our solidarity to the difficult times they are going through,” read a statement from Jean-Claude Rocheleau of the Alliance québécoise des techniciens de l’image et du son (AQTIS).

The apology came hours after AQTIS announced online that Carl Shunamon had died of injuries suffered in an accident on Aug. 30. It urged members to wear black armbands on the job Tuesday “in memory of Carl.”

In fact, Shunamon remains in a coma at Montreal General Hospital, according to his family.

The 34-year-old craft services worker on the set of the new French-language CBC series Ruptures was critically injured when the vehicle he was driving slammed into a wall in Montreal’s Ville-Marie tunnel.

Shunamon was responsible for delivering lunch and snacks to the cast and crew. He was last seen on the set around 1:30 p.m.

AQTIS said the accident was the result of working conditions on the set of Ruptures, a legal drama starring Mélissa Désormeaux-Poulin.

The union said its wants Quebec’s Commission de la santé et de la sécurité du travail to investigate the accident.

Less than half-an-hour before the accident, Shunamon posted on his Facebook page: “Hate this city. God damned traffic.. I hate your life. I hate you.. Balls fucking construction.. HATE HATE HAET THIS CITY..”

UPDATE (09/09): Carl Shunamon has died.