Katherine Chappell, a 29-year-old visual-effects editor who worked on Game of Thrones, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Divergent, died Monday after being bitten by a lioness on a safari in South Africa, reported Entertainment Weekly.
She was killed at The Lion Park, Johannesburg, when travelling through the park’s terrain in a car. She was attacked and killed by the lioness when it jumped through her window, leaving one other passenger hospitalised with serious injuries.
Kate, who worked for VFX Company, was spending her vacation on a volunteer trip to aid local wildlife. Last year her team won the Emmy for Best Visual Effects for the Game of Thrones episode, The Children.
Katherine posted about her travels via Instagram, and shared one from the airport on May 26. "So long Canada! Next stop London!" she captioned one picture.
On May 27, she shared another photo of herself drinking a mojito in South Africa.
In a statement on Facebook, her sister Jennifer, called her a “brilliant, kin, adventurous and high-spirited woman,” adding, “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.”
The young editor had been living in the Canadian city of Vancouver since 2013. She also worked on The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013) and Godzilla (2014).
Katherine’s identity wasn't revealed until Wednesday. According to NBC, a memorial service will be held in her honor in Rye, New York, on Saturday.
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