Game of Thrones editor killed by lion

Katherine ChappellGame of Thrones visual effects editor Katherine Chappell, 29, was killed by a lion in South Africa on Monday.

The New York native was taking photos from the passenger seat of an SUV when she was mauled by a lion who climbed through her open window. Katherine was in Africa raising money for organizations devoted to protecting animals from poachers.

Her sister Jennifer wrote on Facebook: “We cannot thank everyone enough for the kind words and support. It means the world to us during this difficult time. Her energy and passion could not be contained by mere continents or oceans. She was very much loved and shared her love for life with those she met.”

Katherine has worked on several Hollywood films including Divergent, Godzilla, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

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  1. Summer • June 4, 2015 @ 9:26 AM

    This reminds me of the doc Grizzly Man by Werner Herzog. He lived among the grizzlies, which was for the most part safe, until one turned on him. She didn’t know this lion and had the window open. Probably a very sweet girl, but now she’s a nominee for a Darwin Award.

  2. Wayne • June 4, 2015 @ 11:45 AM


  3. Lenny • June 4, 2015 @ 1:34 PM

    Do you find it a little stuffy in here? Mind if I open the window a bit?

  4. Rachel Rueff • June 4, 2015 @ 2:42 PM

    Where is people’s compassion, I know this sounds like a non-smart thing to do but when taking pictures you don’t want to get the flash back or glare from glass in your picture. That is probably why she had the window open but yes should have been more aware of how close it was. I am sorry this had to happen to a young person or anyone, an awful way to pass.

  5. Stan • June 4, 2015 @ 3:53 PM

    Camera lenses always make things look farther away than they are. Just saying. I think the camera manufacturers should brace themselves for a lawsuit.

  6. Brad M • June 4, 2015 @ 4:04 PM

    Camera lenses are to blame? You must be kidding. Why not blame the car, or the air or the grass that have the lion traction to reach her? What an idiotic comment to make about a situation where someone lost their life. a life that need not have been lost, had they followed instructions and kept the window up fully. A picture is not worth your life.

  7. David • June 5, 2015 @ 1:29 AM

    People have no common sense anymore. And even less critical thinking skills. Its sad she died but she should have paid more attention to her surroundings, especially when wild animals were near.

  8. Yankee Doodle Dandy • June 5, 2015 @ 3:44 AM

    Accidents do happen. I’m pretty sure it was not her conscious intention to be mauled to death by a lion. What happened to the lion? Did the lion actually climb inside the SUV? If so, how did the driver escape? Was there anyone else in the SUV besides her and the driver? Anyone riding “shotgun”? Lots of details left out in this account. I feel sorry for her that her promising life and career was cut short by such a misadventure. RIP. Tragically, she is now forever young.

  9. Dorydancer • June 5, 2015 @ 1:56 PM

    It amazes me the different way males and females react to situations. Obviously (males) it’s not how she died but that she did indeed die. There has got to be compassion here. Accidents do happen no matter how ridiculous or non-thinking it was.

  10. jane • June 5, 2015 @ 3:06 PM

    Such a loss.
    So sad in one so young, so many young people loosing there lives in this world.
    Are prayers are for her family.

  11. LiveLearnLove • June 5, 2015 @ 11:50 PM

    Deepest condolences, her work was amazing she will no doubt be missed, let us be inspired by what she has done, and remember her for the efforts she put her love and energy into, on screen and off.

  12. Charne • June 14, 2015 @ 6:52 PM

    wow !! Some idiotic comments ! Much love to her family ! Its indeed heartbreaking . Im from SA tho and many people that was on same adventure thats south african told them to close their windows because we know when you enter lion parks etc you dont dare to open your windows , not just once were they told to close their windows , yet very tragic

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