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PASSINGS: Mike Hopkins

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 New Zealand.

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 Peter Jackson as saying many actors, directors and film crew members who were lucky enough to work with Hopkins would miss him deeply.

"Mike was a very genuine, caring and warm-hearted guy with a great sense of humor," Jackson said.

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