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Actor shot dead while filming music video

An actor has been shot dead in a bar in Brisbane while shooting a music video for Australian hip hop duo Bliss n Eso.

The man in his 20s was shot in the chest in what has been described by Queensland Police as a “workplace incident”.

Authorities are investigating the incident at Brooklyn Standard bar in the city centre around 2.00pm local time (3.00am GMT).

Police said the shooting was believed to be accidental but that a criminal investigation had been opened.

“During the filming of that scene several firearms were used,” said Queensland state police detective inspector Tom Armitt.


Emergency services at the scene. Pic: 7 News
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The shooting happened at around 0300GMT

“As a result of the use of those firearms one of the actors has received wounds to the chest and has subsequently died from his injuries.”

Mr Armitt said “a number of bullets” were used during filming, but he could not confirm if it was live ammunition.

Members of the crew shooting the music video tried to resuscitate the man before the paramedics arrived, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

No one else was injured.

The band was not at the bar when the shooting happened.

The group said 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.


Bliss n Eso perform during the 27th Annual ARIA Awards
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Bliss n Eso are a well-known hip hop duo based in Sydney

“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.”

Brooklyn Standard said the venue had been “wholly rented out, outside of opening hours”.

Sydney-based Bliss n Eso have had several hits in Australia, including their latest single Dopamine.

Their sixth album is due out later this year.

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