The husband of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who was killed when Alec Baldwin misfired a prop gun on the set of an upcoming film, says the actor has been “very supportive” in the wake of the tragedy.
Hutchins, 42, died on Thursday local time (Friday AEDT) after Baldwin, 63, accidentally misfired a prop gun at Bonanza Creek Ranch set in New Mexico while filming Rust, a Western independent feature film he’s starring in.
Hutchins and the film’s director Joel Souza were both shot and airlifted to local hospitals from the film set, south of Santa Fe.
While Hutchins was pronounced dead on arrival to hospital, Mr Souza is recovering from his injuries and has now been released from hospital.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Hutchins’ husband Matthew said he had been in touch with Baldwin following the incident.
“I have spoken with Alec Baldwin and he is being very supportive,” he said.
Matthew, 38, shared an eight-year-old son with Halyna. He also opened up to Insider, sharing his grief for his late wife.
“I don’t think there are words to communicate the situation,” he said.
“I am not going to be able to comment about the facts or the process of what we’re going through right now, but I appreciate that everyone has been very sympathetic.
“I think that we will need a little bit of time before we can really encapsulate her life in a way that is easy to communicate.”
Baldwin has also opened up on Twitter about the incident, and told fans he is “fully cooperating” with the New Mexico police.
“There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours,” Baldwin tweeted, before sharing screenshots of the tweets on Instagram as well.
“I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred and I am in touch with her husband, offering my support to him and his family.
“My heart is broken for her husband, their son, and all who knew and loved Halyna.”
Baldwin was reportedly seen in tears immediately after the incident and was seen being questioned by investigators.
So far, no charges have been filed and a police investigation remains ongoing.
The Rust film set has since been shut down and production indefinitely paused.
In a statement released by the production company, Rust Movie Productions LLC, they said the move was necessary while their cast and crew recover.
“The entire cast and crew has been absolutely devastated by today’s tragedy, and we send our deepest condolences to Halyna’s family and loved ones,” the statement read.
“We have halted production on the film for an undetermined period of time and are fully cooperating with the Santa Fe Police Department’s investigation. We will be providing counselling services to everyone connected to the film as we work to process this awful event.”
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