A hip-hop music clip featuring blazing firearms in an underground Brisbane bar has led to the freak death of a young actor.
Johann Ofner, who worked as a stuntman and an actor and was in his 20s, was killed by gunfire as part of filming for a video by Sydney hip-hop trio Bliss N Eso for their latest hit Friend Like You.
Police have launched a criminal investigation after officers were called to laneway hotel Brooklyn Standard, in the CBD, just before 2pm on Monday.
Mr Ofner was treated at the scene for more than half an hour but died of chest wounds. No one else was injured.
No members of the ARIA award-winning band were at the site.
Detective Inspector Tom Armitt said that central to the investigation would be how live rounds were used in the filming of a music video.
"A scene was being conducted in which the actors were using firearms," he told reporters.
"As a result of the use of those firearms one of the actors has received a wound to the chest and subsequently died from his injuries."
Det Insp Armitt said "a number of bullets" were used during filming, but he could not confirm if it was live ammunition.
"Several firearms were discharged during the scene by several actors," he said.
"The man has received wounds to the chest, how they occurred that is part of our investigation."
Construction worker Blake Shaw told AAP he was on the floor above the bar when he heard loud bangs, one after the other.
"There was like three gunshots and then about five minutes all the cops came," he said.
Mr Shaw said from a hole in the floor he could see money strewn around the bar and the man's torso covered in blood.
Det Insp Armitt said officers would also investigate if the use of firearms was legal.
Bliss N Eso, who won an ARIA for Best Urban Album in 2008, confirmed the death occurred during the filming of their music clip but they were not on site.
"We are incredibly saddened that a tragic incident has occurred today," the band members wrote on Facebook.
"The three of us are extremely upset and shaken up by this and our hearts go out to the victim's family and friends as well as the cast and crew who were involved in the clip today."
Mr Ofner's friends payed tribute to him on his facebook page describing him as a talented athlete and a devoted father.
"Rest easy brother. you will be missed by many. my heart goes out to your daughter and family. fly high," one wrote.
Mr Ofner was reportedly soon to be on the Nine Network's reality TV show Australian Ninja Warrior, which is based off an American show.
Actors union, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, said the death also served as a warning.
"This tragedy is a stark reminder that the screen industry is inherently dangerous and of the need for total vigilance about workplace safety at all times on set."
Brooklyn Standard said the underground venue had been "wholly rented out" for the day.
The hotel stressed none of their staff were involved and they were assisting police as much as possible.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the individual involved."
Bliss N Eso had been advertising for a range of extras to feature in the clip, including roles for two men in their 30s and a homeless man, which was being filmed in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Their sixth album, Off The Grid, is scheduled to be released in March while they are due to kick off a national tour next month.