In a tragic turn of events, Ross McDonnell, the 44-year-old Emmy-winning cinematographer renowned for his work on “The Trade,” has been confirmed dead. The discovery of his remains on Breezy Point Beach in Queens has left the film industry and his global network of family, friends, and colleagues mourning.
McDonnell was last seen on November 4, departing from his Brooklyn home on a bicycle. The somber news was disclosed after an extensive search when his bike was found at Fort Tilden Beach in Queens, not far from where a dismembered body had been located.
While the New York City medical examiner is yet to confirm the cause of death, early reports suggest no foul play or suicide. Investigators are exploring the possibility that McDonnell may have drowned during a swim, potentially caught in a current. This hypothesis is part of an ongoing investigation, with authorities working closely with the Irish consulate and awaiting DNA results.
Originally from Dublin, McDonnell had left an indelible mark on the film industry, earning acclaim for his cinematography on projects like “The Trade” and “The First Wave.” In 2021, he received an Emmy for his work on Showtime’s series, “The Trade,” and in 2022, he was honored with the Outstanding Cinematography: Documentary Emmy for his contributions to Matthew Heineman’s Covid documentary, “The First Wave.”
The police, responding to friends’ reports, discovered a dismembered body with a distinctive birthmark and clothing matching McDonnell’s. The red Adidas swimming trunks found on the body mirrored those often worn by McDonnell during his swimming activities.
Ross McDonnell’s family announced his passing on RIP.ie, expressing deep sorrow. He is survived by his parents, sister, niece, aunt, uncles, cousins, and an extensive network of friends and colleagues in Ireland, the USA, and beyond. The exact circumstances surrounding McDonnell’s untimely demise remain undisclosed, casting a shadow over the vibrant legacy he leaves behind in the cinematic world.