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911 Crew, Rico Priem’s Possible European Ancestry & Undisclosed Details Surrounding His Parents

The family of Rico Priem, recognized for his contributions in the television series “911: Lone Star,” is mourning his tragic passing.

Priem was a veteran grip and crew member, who tragically died in a car accident on May 11, 2024, at the age of 66.


  • Though details about Priem’s parents are undisclosed, it is speculated that they may no longer be alive, given his age.
  • A Facebook tribute revealed Priem’s plans for retirement, which included spending time with his wife and witnessing his grand-nephew’s growth, suggesting a fulfilling family life.
  • Rico’s surname, “Priem,” hints at potential Dutch, Flemish, or German ancestry.

He was returning home after working a grueling 14-hour overnight shift on the ABC procedural series “9-1-1” set in Pomona, California.

Rico Priem’s well-wishers spoke out about his tragic death, expressing frustration over systemic issues in the industry.

Priem had an extensive career in the entertainment industry, having worked on various notable productions such as Star Trek, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The X-Files, Six Feet Under, Deadwood, and American History X.

Rico Priem, Survived By His Wife, Potentially of European Ancestry

Just as Rico Priem was considering retirement and looking forward to spending the rest of his days happily with his family, a sudden and unfortunate incident struck.

Priem, born around 1958, lived to the age of 66. While information about his parents remains undisclosed, they may have passed away, given his age.

Even though he had always been tight-lipped about his parents, their support might have significantly enabled him to pursue and fulfill his dreams.

An Instagram post indicated that Priem had meticulously planned his already fulfilling life for retirement, which included spending quality time with his wife and witnessing the growth of his grand-nephew.

This caption implies that Rico Priem was happily married and planned to spend the rest of his life with his family after retiring from his four decades-long career.

Rico Priem’s background is still a mystery, but his surname, “Priem,” suggests potential Dutch, Flemish, or German ancestry.

Following Rico Priem’s passing, IATSE President Matthew D. Loeb stated that efforts were underway to support Priem’s family. He mentioned,

Everyone in the IA family is shocked and deeply saddened by this tragic loss, we are working to support our member’s family, their fellow members and colleagues. Safety in all aspects of the work our members do is our highest priority and we will assist in any investigation in any way that we can.

Matthew D. Loeb

It is certain that he leaves behind his wife and grand-nephew, and all who knew him will deeply feel his absence.

Additional Information

  • Priem’s coworkers remembered him as a warm, fun-loving, and skilled crew member. They also shared how sad and upset they were about his death.
  • According to his IMDb page, Rico Priem was involved in the Camera and Electrical as well as Visual Effects Department.
Deepti Bhatta
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