The entire “Twilight” community is still in shock and mourning the tragic accident Tuesday (July 10) that led to the death of a fellow fan ahead of this year’s Comic-Con festivities.
The 53-year-old, identified as Gisella G. in news reports, was struck by a passing car when she tried to run across the street toward the San Diego Convention Center against the light around 9 a.m. Tuesday. She suffered a serious head injury and was rushed to the hospital, where she later died.
The studio that produces and distributes the “Twilight” movies was equally saddened by the tragic news and sent the following statement to MTV News:
“Lionsgate, Summit and the entire Twilight community are saddened by the death of a Comic-Con fan today due to a traffic accident during the hours leading up to this year’s convention in San Diego. Our thoughts and condolences go out to the victim’s family and friends. She will be respectfully remembered this Thursday in Hall H.”
Judging from the studio’s statement regarding plans to pay respects to Gisella during the “Breaking Dawn” panel Thursday, the fan-generated Twitter petition that requested a moment of silence in honor of Gisella has been heard and well-received. The supportive fanbase also started a fundraiser to help her family pay for her funeral expenses.
“Twilight” fans were quick to mourn the loss of a fellow Twilighter upon learning the news, which spread rapidly via Twitter, and sent out countless messages of sympathy via the social-networking site using the hashtags #RIPTwiFanG and #FandomIsFamily.
“Sat with her the last two days,” fan Tatoo Mickey tweeted. “So much fun and such a lovely soul, only took a moment to love her. #RIPTwiFanG.”
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