There are plenty of people who put their lives on the line for their jobs. It’s a disheartening day when their job actually claims it. A stuntwoman on the set of Deadpool 2 passed away after attempting to perform a deadly stunt on a motorcycle.
Joi ‘SJ’ Harris was a professional racer who documented that she was the “first licensed black woman in U.S. history to actively compete in AMA sanctioned motorcycle road racing events.” She was definitely in the right line of work.
Ms. Harris At An AMA Race
She was doing the stunt for the character of Domino played by Zazie Beetz. Reports say that she had practiced the stunt at British Columbia city’s Jack Poole Plaza several times that day and she had it down. But it went wrong when it came time to film it. It appears the stunt involved her standing on the bike and the throttle stuck as she took the turn.
It ended up throwing her through a window in the building across the street. Paramedics were rushed to the site. Ms. Harris was loaded onto the ambulance. But reports indicate that the ambulance stayed on the scene for about 45 minutes. Then, it slowly pulled away without turning on its lights or sirens.
The Bike As It Was Found After The Accident
Deadpool 2 was the first movie for which she was ever hired to do stunt work. She was on her way in her career as a racer and now a stuntwoman to have it taken away from her that fast. Ryan Reynolds immediately posted his condolences knowing that it would never offer peace in troubled times like these.
Ryan Reynolds tweeted, “Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool. We’re heartbroken, shocked, and devastated…but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment. My heart pours out to them — along with each and every person she touched in this world.”
That really is about all you can say for someone so brave and bold and who touched a lot of people’s lives.