September 8, 2010 / 11:20 PM / 8 years ago

Costume designer dies during film shoot

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Michael Dennison, who designed costumes for such films as “Eat Pray Love,” “The Book of Eli” and “The Spirit,” died September 2 from a brain aneurysm during a film shoot in Pittsburgh. He was 58.

Dennison was working in the production office of the film “One for the Money” when he was stricken. He was admitted into UPMC Mercy hospital and died two days later.

Dennison’s death stunned the cast and crew of the film, which was preparing to wrap principal photography.

“It was an honor and a privilege to work with Michael,” “Money” star Katherine Heigl said. “I am heartbroken by his sudden passing as is everyone here on the film.”

During a career that spanned three decades, Dennison also worked on such films as the September 24 release “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” “The Eye” (2008), “W.” (2008), “World Trade Center” (2006) and “Almost Famous” (2000). He received a Primetime Emmy nomination this year for his work on the Lifetime TV movie “Georgia O’Keeffe.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Center for Organ Recovery & Education in Pittsburgh. Dennison donated five of his organs to recipients in three states.

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