An Australian TV director died in a freak gardening accident — fatally cutting his hand with a new chainsaw while trimming the hedges at his home.
John Clabburn, 52 — who worked on such Aussie TV series as “Home and Away’’ and “Underbelly’’ — was cleaning up the high conifer hedge in the backyard of his family’s home on Sydney’s north shore April 6 when he slashed his hand with a cordless saw he had just bought that day, his wife told the Daily Telegraph.
Clabburn fell off the ladder he was on, tumbling 10 feet to the ground — and ended up suffering fatal cardiac arrest from the blood loss from his slashed hand.
“When I went out to the back garden, he was crawling on the ground on his stomach, said Clabburn’s wife, Melissa. “There was so much blood, he was clutching his torso.
“I kept getting towels to stem the flow, but the blood wouldn’t stop.”
“All he said was, ‘Call an ambulance now,’” she said.
“One minute we were admiring how straight the hedge was looking and what a great job he had done — he was so meticulous, he had a great eye for detail — the next, John was in an ambulance.
“He kept it together for me, but I know he would have been in incredible pain,” she said.
Several of Clabburn’s industry colleagues have taken to social media in the wake of the tragedy to honor their friend.
“Les Norton” actor Hunter Page-Lochard tweeted, “It was an honour to be able to work with you … May you boss every around in heaven.”
Clabburn is survived by his wife and two sons.