The American woman mauled to death by a lion at a South African wildlife preserve on Monday has been identified as a visual effects editor for the popular HBO series, "Game of Thrones."
Katherine Chappell was visiting Johannesburg’s Lion Park and a number of other parks to help raise money for her anti-poaching efforts and activism. Chappell was taking pictures with her car windows rolled down, which is strictly against policy, when the nine-year-old lioness lunged at Chapell through her window and fatally bit the tourist. Other cars honked in an attempt to warn Chappell of the approaching lion, but she did not notice before the lion attacked.
In addition to her work on GOT, the 29-year-old native New Yorker worked as a visual effects editor for Marvel’s Captain America. Chappell won an Emmy for her work on GOT.
Her family paid a thoughtful tribute to their daughter on Facebook, remembering her as "brilliant, kind, adventurous and high-spirited" who "was very much loved and shared her love for life with those she met."