UPDATE: Tech worker at Smoky Mountain Opry dies from CO2 exposure
PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. —
Officials with the Smoky Mountain Opry music attraction in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee announced Thursday the death of one of three workers taken to the hospital after a carbon dioxide leak backstage on Saturday.
A technician identified by the company as Josh Ellis was mourned on the Opry's official Facebook account. According to NBC affiliate WBIR in Knoxville, Ellis was in a backstage room where CO2 is released from a specific line to create a fog effect. General Manager Michael Headla said other workers became concerned when Ellis missed his next cue and they discovered Ellis in the room unconscious.
The two other workers were treated and released and the entire theater was evacuated as a precaution, the company said.
Headla said that the theater was inspected following the evacuation and shows resumed as normal on Sunday.