Woman killed at lion park 'was Game of Thrones editor'

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03 June 2015

The American tourist mauled by a lioness at The Lion Park in Johannesburg was a special effects editor on Game of Thrones.

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Mail Online identified the woman as 29-year-old Katherine Chappell, a New Yorker who worked on an Emmy-winning episode of the hit TV series. She was attacked by a lioness who jumped through the open car window. Paramedics were unable to save Katherine.
'If that’s what they're saying, that’s not the case'
Park officials say was open throughout her tour of the park, which is against park rules. “The main rule was broken, not to have windows down. That is the number one rule and if people followed that, these incidents wouldn’t happen. Ninety-nine percent of people do follow the rules,” the park’s assistant operations manager Scott Simpson told reporters.

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But Katherine's tour guide, 66-year-old Pierre Potgieter, who was injured trying to fight off the lioness says that's no true.

"That’s not right… not right at all," he told the website from his hospital bed, "If that’s what they're saying, that’s not the case. Not at all." Pierre,  who doctors say suffered a heart attack during the ordeal, maintains his client opened her window at the last minute. A statement released by his wife Corlien Potgieter claims Katherine opened the window to take a photograph. "Mr Potgieter tried to fend the lioness off and in the process sustained injuries to his arm. When the lion retreated, Mr Potgieter saw that the tourist had sustained extremely serious injuries. She was bleeding profusely from her neck. Under the circumstances Mr Potgieter tried his best to stop the bleeding and save her life. He applied constant pressure to stop the bleeding, while calling for help."

According to the report, Katherine was in South Africa "raising money for a charitable organisation that protects animals from poachers".

Katherine also worked on Godzilla and Captain America, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Sources: dailymail.co.uk, news24.com, nypost.com

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