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Vale: John Clabburn

Updated: Seasoned First Assistant Director, whose vast experience stretches back to 1989, has died.

Seasoned First Assistant Director John “JC” Clabburn, whose vast experience stretches back to 1989, has died, aged 52.

He died following an accident with a cordless gardening saw at his Atarmon home, according to the Daily Telegraph.

Emergency services were called to the family home just after 5pm on Tuesday after reports a man was suffering a severe laceration to his arm.

He recently worked as First Assistant Director on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and ABC drama Operation Buffalo.

His extensive credits include Les Norton, The Letdown, Fighting Season, Hardball, Love Child, Brock, Australian Survivor, Ash vs Evil Dead, Wonderland, Carlotta, Plonk, Banished, Ready for This, Mabo, Packed to the Rafters, Stupid Stupid Man, Chandon Pictures, Supernova, Always Greener, Underbelly, Hell Has Harbour Views, Murder Call, Water Rats, Heartland and Police Rescue.

Clabburn has worked for ITV Productions, Blackfella Films, Porchlight Films and on US Survivor seasons for Mark Burnett Productions.

Updated: David Mott CEO of ITV Studios Australia said, “We were extremely saddened to hear the news that JC (John Clabburn) was involved in such a shocking accident yesterday. Our sincerest condolences to John’s wife, Melissa, as well as to his two sons, Josh and Lewis. JC was an integral part of the IAC (I’m A Celebrity.…) family for three seasons. His experience and professionalism, when faced with many obstacles or hardships – including wrangling 50 crew members, the soaring South African heat, as well as our celebrities – shone through! He was held in such high esteem with the entire cast and crew of ITVSA. We are shocked with the passing of this much loved, well respected and forever smiling team member. He will be missed greatly. “

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