Comedic actor dies after fall at Walt Disney World

Posted Wednesday, August 12, 2009 11:51 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A Walt Disney World spokeswoman said Mark Priest fell last week while performing in "Captain Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial," an interactive show where actors take guests through pirate-skills tests, the Orlando Sentinel reported Tuesday. Priest died Monday at Florida Hospital Celebration Health-Orlando. An official cause of death has not been determined.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 12:21 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

For those who've never seen it, Capt. Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial is pretty entertaining.

Having seen the show, I'm wondering how you manage to fall and create such injury during any of the mock sword fights.


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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 12:25 PM
DaveStroem's avatar

This really saddens me. I took part in the pirates tutorial this last spring.

What a professional that truly cared about his audience. It says that after he fell he got up and ran off stage so that the kids would not see him injured.


Before you can be older and wiser you first have to be young and stupid.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009 1:49 PM

Lord Gonchar said:
For those who've never seen it, Capt. Jack Sparrow's Pirate Tutorial is pretty entertaining.

Having seen the show, I'm wondering how you manage to fall and create such injury during any of the mock sword fights.

Article says he slipped on a wet spot and stumbled into a wall hitting his head. But still, a deep scalp laceration and a broken vertebra don't sound like life-threatening injuries. In fact, he didn't die until several days after the accident. I read another article where it was said he seemed to be recovering and his condition didn't seem critical. Very sad that this happened.

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