The production of the 9th installment of Fast & Furious has to be suspended after Vin Diesel’s stunt double, Joe Watts tragically fell from 30ft on the set.
Watts was hospitalized after suffering a serious head injury at the Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire on Monday afternoon. He is currently in a coma according to reports.
The British stuntman has worked on movies and TV shows including Game of Thrones, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, and Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Diesel reportedly witnessed Watts fall on his head as he performed a stunt in the movie star’s place. Warner Bros Studios confirmed a man had been airlifted to Royal London Hospital on Monday.
The fall reportedly occurred just before noon on set, and Hertfordshire Police added in a statement: “Police were called shortly before noon today following an incident at Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.
“It was reported that a man had been injured while working at the location and sustained serious injuries. The air ambulance attended and police officers are currently on scene to assist and carry out initial enquiries.”
Diesel has had several encounters with tragedy in the past. His stunt double Harry O’Connor was killed filming a para-sailing scene for 2002 action flick xXx in Prague while performing a paragliding stunt in the actor’s place. And his Fast and Furious co-star Paul Walker died aged 40 in a car crash off-set during the filming of the franchise’s seventh film in 2013.