Rachel Paige
Updated April 04, 2016

There’s some very sad news out of Disneyland Paris: over the weekend, a cast member passed away while working on the Haunted Mansion attraction in the park.

According to Le Parisien, a 45-year old electrician was working on the attraction — which in Disneyland Paris is located in Frontierland and actually called Phantom Manor – when he was accidentally electrocuted. The cast member’s name has not been released to the public, but from what has been reported, he was working in a backstage location, away from guest view, and was found before the attraction had opened for the day. Phantom Manor was immediately closed down for the day, and will remain closed until the investigation into the cast member’s death has been completed.

“He was very popular with his colleagues,” Patrick Maldidier, a union representative from Disneyland Paris told Le Parisien. “He was someone who always had a smile, [and we are] deeply saddened.” The cast member had worked at the park for over ten years.

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It’s always sad to hear about the passing of someone who was deeply loved by their friends and colleagues, and it’s even sadder to hear that it happened at the Happiest Place on Earth (in Europe). There’s a big misconception that “deaths don’t happen at Disney” but accidents can happen anywhere, at any time, and no location — even one with a castle — is completely immune to unfortunate events. Our hearts go out to the cast member’s family, friends, and everyone else at Disneyland Paris during this time.