By Oluwatoyin Adeleye
A female stunt person has died while performing a motorcycle stunt on the set of “Deadpool 2”.
The stuntwoman who died on the set of Deadpool 2 in a motorbike scene that went wrong has been named as Joi ‘SJ’ Harris.
A statement from the Vancouver police notes that “A stunt driver has died on the set of Deadpool during a stunt on a motorcycle. VPD & @WorkSafeBC investigators are at the scene.”
20th Century Fox in a statement also said, “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.”
The coroner’s report says the death was ruled as an accident caused by blunt force trauma to the head.
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.”
According to TMZ, Deadpool 2 is believed to be her first film as a stunt driver.
“Deadpool 2” is the follow-up to the 2016 film starring Ryan Reynolds that grossed over $363 million domestically. Production on the sequel began in late June.