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Oscar-winning sound editor drowns in New Zealand

Mike Hopkins (L) and Ethan Van Der Ryn pose with actress Jennifer Gardner and their Best Sound Editing Oscar for King Kong 05 March, 2006, during the 78th Academy Awards at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. AFP FILE PHOTO/ROBYN BECK

Double Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins has drowned in a rafting accident in New Zealand, police said Monday. Hopkins, a 53-year-old New Zealander, died after being thrown into a fast-flowing stretch of river in the remote Tararua Ranges in the central North Island on Saturday. His two rafting companions both survived.

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