Post link 15 August 2017, 8:41
Deadpool 2 stuntwoman who died on film set identified as professional road racer Joi 'SJ' Harris. The Marvel blockbuster was reportedly her first film as a stunt driver.

Stuntwoman died on the set of Deadpool2 in a motorbike scene
Harris tragically died on the film set in Canada on Monday (Image: Facebook/ SJ Harris - Threader24 Racing)

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A stuntwoman who died on the set of Deadpool 2 in a motorbike scene that went wrong has been named as Joi 'SJ' Harris.

Harris, who was believed to be the stunt double for actress Zazie Beetz who plays Domino in the film, was a professional road racer born in Brooklyn, New York.

According to her website, she was the first licensed black woman "in U.S. history to actively compete in AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) sanctioned motorcycle road racing events.”

Deadpool 2 is believed to be her first film as a stunt driver, reports TMZ.

Stuntwoman died on the set of Deadpool2 in a motorbike scene
The stuntwoman has been named as Joi 'SJ' Harris (Image: Facebook/ SJ Harris - Threader24 Racing)

Just days ago she shared a series of scenic photos on Facebook that were taken in Vancouver.

"Just taking in the sites," she wrote.

Harris had successfully completed the stunt four times in the Canadian city's Jack Poole Plaza, before disaster stuck on the fifth attempt.

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Local media said Harris appeared to lose control of the motorbike, which drove off the set and through the window of a building across the street.

It was reported that the "the throttle somehow engaged" and the rider lost control while 'stood' on the motorbike.

Stuntwoman died on the set of Deadpool2 in a motorbike scene
A police officer examines the motorcycle (Image: Rex Features)

The incident is said to have occurred about 8.20am local time (4.20pm UK time) on Monday.

Police and ambulance rushed to the scene and the rider was put in an Advanced Life Support ambulance.

However, the vehicle remained at the scene for 45 minutes - and eventually left for the hospital without lights and sirens.

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Stuntwoman died on the set of Deadpool2 in a motorbike scene
It was reported that the "the throttle somehow engaged" and the rider lost control while 'stood' on the motorbike (Image: Rex Features)

"Heartbroken, shocked and devastated": Ryan Reynolds says "heart pours out" to family of stuntwoman killed on Deadpool film set
Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds later took to social media to pay tribute to Harris, saying the cast and crew were "heartbroken, shocked and devastated... but recognise nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment."

He continued: "My heart pours out to them along with each and every person she touched in this world.''

A spokesman for 20th Century Fox commented, "We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time."


Harris had successfully completed the stunt four times in the Canadian city's Jack Poole Plaza, before disaster stuck on the fifth attempt (Image: Ben Miljure? @CTVNewsBen /Twitter)

The Deadpool 2 death came one month after a stuntman died on the Atlanta, Georgia set of AMC horror TV series The Walking Dead.

John Bernecker, 33, died after hitting his head during a stunt where he fell from a height of 20 feet to a concrete floor.

Separately, Tom Cruise, known for doing most of his own stunts, appeared to have been injured on the London set of his upcoming spy action movie Mission: Impossible 6.

Video emerged on Monday on celebrity news website TMZ showing Cruise, 55, trying to jump onto the roof of a high-rise building and landing hard against its wall.

Moments later Cruise, who was attached to a harness, limped off the set Representatives for Cruise and movie studio Paramount Pictures did not respond to queries about the incident or the nature of the actor's injury.

Stuntwoman died on the set of Deadpool2 in a motorbike scene




BY ZOE SHENTON 09:09, 15 AUG 2017 mirror.co.uk


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