The bad news keeps on coming from K-drama production sets in the last month. There was the critical ladder fall accident in December of a crew member for Hwayugi who was hospitalized and suffered paralysis of the lower half. Now there is news that a 33 year old crew member on the set of pre-produced zombie sageuk drama Kingdom has unexpectedly passed away. It was an art department crew member who went home from work and was plagued by a splitting headache. After being taken to the hospital to was determined to be a cerebral aneurysm and the crew member passed away shortly thereafter. The drama is from the screenwriter Kim Eun Hee who wrote Signal and 3 Days and starred Joo Ji Hoon, Ryu Seung Ryong, and Bae Doo Na. Filming has been halted for the time being after this tragic passing.
Of course there is already finger pointing that the crew member passed away from being overworked. The production company has addressed this allegation by noting that the two days prior were days off for the crew member, and that filming for Kingdom has been on strict 12 hour work days with 3-5 days of filming each week. My condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.