In Memoriam: Fallen Stars of 2022
The Chosen One's Yeray Albelda is sharing how he paid tribute to his co-stars Raymundo Garduño Cruz and Juan Francisco González Aguilar after they died in a vehicle accident in Mexico on June 16.
In keeping with Deadline, Albelda and buddies of González (who was often known as Paco Mufote) and Garduño gathered for a memorial service on June 21.
"Each are longtime buddies from the theater with who I have been by way of loads—each good instances and dangerous," he instructed the outlet. "We have been on tour collectively and everyone knows each other's households."
Albelda instructed Deadline he'd identified González for about 18 years and Garduño for about seven. "Ray was the rebellious one," he continued. "I by no means posted images on set as a result of we signed NDAs that forestall spoilers from getting out. However Ray, because the insurgent, beloved being on set and he posted a couple of images anyway. He was very proud to be engaged on this manufacturing. He was very a lot the lifetime of the social gathering. After we had time without work, he would hit the native bars or hearken to music by the pool."
Garduño and González died following an accident that occurred whereas they have been in transit from Santa Rosalía to the native airport. Six others—together with two different forged members and 4 crew members—have been injured however stay secure, E! Information confirmed.
Albelda was among the many survivors. In keeping with Deadline, he suffered head trauma from the accident and does not keep in mind the experience to the airport, solely waking up within the ambulance. He did, nevertheless, describe the setup of the automobile.
"Contained in the van, the setup was three rows for passengers behind the motive force and passenger seats within the entrance," Albelda stated. "I usually sat within the second row, and imagine that is the place I used to be sitting when the accident occurred. It is my understanding that Paco and Ray have been sitting in several rows, on the finish closest to the van's sliding door. I've been instructed the van spun round many instances and the sliding door flew open. My guess based mostly on what I have been instructed is that [without seatbelts], Paco and Ray have been ejected."
Albelda famous there have been seatbelts within the van.
In keeping with Deadline, Albelda was underneath statement resulting from amnesia and underwent a number of scans, which got here again regular, following the accident. The outlet reported he fractured his clavicle and scapula however that his accidents usually are not life-threatening.
Whereas manufacturing on The Chosen One was quickly paused, work has since resumed, Deadline reported. And whereas Albelda instructed the outlet he supported this determination as a tribute to his buddies, he famous he'll now not be part of the Netflix sequence. He additionally stated he does not blame the streaming service or the manufacturing firm Redrum for what occurred, telling Deadline they've supported him by overlaying his medical bills and persevering with to pay his full wage.
"They've performed the fitting factor and have been simply," he stated. "This wasn't like a ticking time bomb scenario the place at any second one thing was going to go unsuitable—no. There is no means anybody may've imagined this could occur. Belief me, I simply misplaced two superb buddies who I've identified for a few years. If I felt anybody was accountable, I'd converse as much as deliver their households justice."
In an announcement, a Netflix spokesperson stated, "We're deeply saddened by the tragic accident that took the lives of Ray Garduño and Juan Francisco González. Our ideas are with their family members and with these injured throughout this unlucky accident."
A Redrum spokesperson additionally added, "All of us on the manufacturing of The Chosen One are shocked by the tragic accident that occurred final Thursday, whereas on transit from Santa Rosalía, Baja California, to the native airport. We're deeply saddened by the passing of our colleagues Ray Garduño and Juan Francisco González and are intently supporting all these affected by this unspeakable tragedy. Redrum has been cooperating with native authorities and preliminary stories and accounts from witnesses point out that each one security protocols have been in place and this was an unlucky accident."
The investigation into the accident stays ongoing.