Mike Hopkins, 53, an Academy Award-winning sound editor who worked on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, died Sunday in a rafting accident in
Hopkins drowned when his inflatable raft capsized during a flash flood in a river on New Zealand's North Island, police Senior Sgt. Carolyn Watson said. His wife, Nicci, survived.
The New Zealand Herald newspaper quoted "Rings" director
"Mike was a very genuine, caring and warm-hearted guy with a great sense of humor," Jackson said.
A native New Zealander, Hopkins shared
Hopkins was sound editor on the two other "Rings" films as well and had worked on earlier Jackson movies, including 1994's "Heavenly Creatures."
Times wire reports