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Rust star Jensen Ackles has paid tribute to Halyna Hutchins.
The 43-year-old actor was filming the Western movie in New Mexico when Alec Baldwin discharged a prop gun, killing director of photography Halyna, 42, and wounding director Joel Souza.
Now he has spoken out for the first time since the tragedy, labelling Halyna as "an inspiration".
Taking to Instagram, he shared several photos of Halyna and began: "I'm not even sure where to start."
He penned: "This has been a tragedy of epic proportions that we are all still processing.
"Earlier last week I felt compelled to tell Halyna just how awesome I thought she was. I told her how incredible I thought her camera shots were and just how exciting it was to watch her and her team work. Truly.
"She laughed and said thank you and gave me a hug. I’ll forever be thankful we had that moment. She had a spunk and passion that infected the entire crew from the top down.
"She was an inspiration."
He went on: "My heart and prayers go out to Halyna’s husband, son and the rest of her family. There just aren’t enough words to express what an immense loss this is.
"She will be incredibly missed by all of us who knew and admired her."
"Danneel and I have donated to the AFI scholarship fund in her name and to the go fund me. If you are able, and feel compelled, here are the links for more information."
Ms Hutchins died en route to hospital in a helicopter, while Mr Souza has been discharged.
Police said that the investigation remains “open and active” and that “no charges have been filed in regard to the incident” so far.
Ms Hutchins was married and had a nine-year-old son called Andros.
Her husband Matthew Hutchins released a statement in which he said: "Halyna inspired us all with her passion and vision, and her legacy is too meaningful to encapsulate in words.
"Our loss is enormous, and we ask that the media please respect my family’s privacy as we process our grief. We thank everyone for sharing images and stories of her life."
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