New Zealand Obit Hopkins

December 31, 2012 - 11:32 PM
FILE - In this March 5, 2006 file photo, Mike Hopkins, right, and Ethan Van der Ryn accept the Oscar for achievement in sound editing for their work on "King Kong" at the 78th Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins, who worked on the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and other blockbusters, has died in a rafting accident in New Zealand. Police Senior Sergeant Carolyn Watson said the 53-year-old Hopkins drowned on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 after his raft capsized in a river on New Zealand's North Island. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)