UPDATE 25/01/17: Crowdfunding has raised $55K for Johann Ofner’s grieving family.
UPDATE 24/01/17 3.37pm: Bliss N Eso’s management have confirmed that the prop gun used in the incident was “loaded with blanks”.
UPDATE 24/01/17: The actor shot dead on the set of Bliss N Eso’s new music video posted some harrowing images to social media prior to his death.
UPDATE 23/01/17 10.15pm: Bliss N Eso have released a statement as the man has been identified as a 28 year-old professional stunt man.
ORIGINAL STORY: A man has died after being shot in the chest on the set of a Bliss N Eso music video in Brisbane’s CBD.
The Courier Mail initially reported that the man, who was in his 20s, was involved in filming a scene using firearms in the Brooklyn Standard bar in Eagle Lane around 2pm. He was treated by paramedics on the scene but died of his injuries.
Following industry reports that the set for was for a Bliss N Eso music video Mushroom Creative have since confirmed the news in a statement.
“We are able to confirm the death of a person occurred today at the filming of a Bliss n Eso music clip. The band were not on site at the time. The video production crew and our team are currently working with the police in their investigation and we are unable to provide further comment at this time.”
The hip hop outfit put a call out for talent recently for a new video they’d be filming the video for their song ‘Friend Like You’ in the Brisbane CBD over last weekend.
The Brooklyn Standard bar which was being rented for the film shoot has also issued a statement in which they confirmed that no staff had been involved in the incident.
“After an incident at Brooklyn Standard today, our doors will remain closed tonight as a police investigation is undertaken to identify what happened within the bar. The incident occurred during a film shoot at the venue, for which Brooklyn Standard had been wholly rented out, outside of opening hours.
We would like everyone to know that none of our staff were involved in the incident and everyone is safe, and we are doing everything we can to help the police investigation at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the individual involved, and we appreciate your respect and understanding at this time.”
— BLISS N ESO (@blissneso) January 4, 2017
More updates as this story develops.