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Camerman killed at exhibition match

A television cameraman died Tuesday in a forklift accident while taping the Shell's Wonderful World of Golf exhibition between Fred Couples and Mark Calcavecchia.

Brian Blodgett, a cameraman for all 42 of the Shell's matches since they were revived in 1994, died while being taken to Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula. The cause of death was pending an autopsy.

Blodgett, of Jacksonville, Fla., was 37. He is survived by his wife, Kelly.

"Brian was a well-respected member of the golf community, and that extended family also shares deeply in this most tragic loss," Gaylord Event Television president Frank Chirkinian said.

Couples and Calcavecchia were playing the second hole at Santa Lucia Preserve when the forklift toppled, Gaylord spokeswoman Ann Victor said. She said the nature of his injuries was not immediately clear.

The Shell's Wonderful World of Golf series are 18-hole exhibitions played at exotic golf courses around the world. Taping of the Couples-Calcavecchia match was rescheduled.

"Today, we have lost such a good friend and our hearts are too heavy for us to possibly go on," said Jack Whitaker, host of the Shell's matches.


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