VANCOUVER Police Department announced on Monday that a female stunt driver has died on the set of Deadpool 2 – the follow-up to the 2016 film starring Ryan Reynolds – during a stunt on a motorcycle.
She was later identified as Joi “SJ” Harris, 40, of New York.
WorkSafeBC and the BC Corners Service are investigating the death.
One report said that the she completed several rehearsals of the stunt, driving a motorcycle down two ramps across several stairs, earlier that morning, according to a witness.
Another report said the driver apparently lost control and drove through a glass window on the ground floor of the Shaw Tower across from Canada Place, according to witnesses.
20th Century Fox said in a statement: “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.”
Reynolds said in a statement: “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.”