Stunt actor killed on Deadpool 2 set was professional biker working on first ever film

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The stuntwoman killed on the set of the superhero comedy sequel Deadpool 2 was a professional motorbike rider working on her first film.

The movie’s star Ryan Reynolds paid an emotional tribute to Joi ‘SJ’ Harris following the accident on set in Vancouver, Canada.

Deadpool 2 was understood to be the first film Ms Harris had worked on. She reportedly was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, but had successfully completed the stunt four times already.

She was believed to be a stunt double for actress Zazie Beetz, whose character Domino rides a Ducati motorcycle without a helmet in the film.

Tragedy: A police officer examines a motorcycle (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

“Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool,” Reynolds wrote on Twitter.

“We’re 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.

“My heart pours out to them — along with each and every person she touched in this world.”

Ms Harris came from New York and was the first African-American woman licensed to be a professional motorcycle racer, according to TMZ.

The Vancouver Sun reported that the accident happened yesterday at just after 8am. Witnesses said the stuntwoman lost control of her bike, jumped a curb and crashed through a plate-glass window at Shaw Tower.

“She came out, went down the two flights of stairs, and it looked like she kind of hit the throttle because she picked up speed,” said Nathan Kramchynski. “She was going full throttle.” He added that it appeared as if the rider narrowly missed two pedestrians during the failed stunt.

Ms Harris, who had only recently healed from a bad wrist injury, was treated by paramedics but police said she died at the scene.

Reynolds, who is married to actress Blake Lively, has been filming with the cast ahead of the movie’s cinema release next year.

Last week, he was filmed riding a Vespa scooter with his legs crossed for a scene. The first Deadpool film, based on the Marvel comic book character, was a hit when released in 2016, making more than $780 million (£604 million) at the box office worldwide

The accident comes after a stuntman on the set of TV show The Walking Dead died last month. John Bernecker, 33, fell around 20 feet on to a concrete floor, hitting his head.


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