The death of a TV crew member who was killed over the weekend while on his way home from the set is being investigated. TheWrap.com reports that police and the Teamsters are looking into the death of "Longmire" crew member Joe Tuck.
Tuck, 48, died early Saturday when his car rolled over while he was driving home from work, the story reports.
"The A&E worker was a member of Teamsters Local 492. Union spokesman Moises Ortega told TheWrap that his organization is investigating the accident," the story reports. "The accident occurred on a highway headed through the county in an area known as Stanley, N.M., when Tuck's car rolled over, Major Ken Johnson told TheWrap. Alcohol is not suspected; the officers believe that Tuck fell asleep."
A statement provided to the publication from “Longmire's” producers, cast and crew along with Warner Horizon Television and A&E says: ”Our thoughts are with the family of Joe Tuck, a driver for ‘Longmire' and a valued member of the ‘Longmire' team, who sadly passed away recently. On behalf of the entire cast, crew, studio and network, we offer the Tuck family and Joe's friends our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences on this terrible loss.”
Some observers have made the point that the death may be related to long hours on the set.
Nikki Finke reports: "I’ve just learned that Teamsters Local 492 in New Mexico is investigating this death and whether it was the result of the crew member working too-long hours on location which doubles for Wyoming as the setting for the TV western crime drama. 'If we find anyone was in violation we will report it to the federal Department of Transportation,' Local 492 business agent Moises Ortega told me. 'It’s tragic.'"
Tuck's name has also been reported as Gary Tuck, and it was unclear at the time of this report which name is correct.