In a shocking and saddening turn of events, the set of Deadpool 2 was shut down on Monday after an extensively rehearsed stunt went wrong – resulting in the death of 40-year-old stunt woman, Joi SJ Harris.
The news was confirmed by the Vancouver Police, who released a statement confirming they attended the film set of Deadpool 2, after reports of an accident. Unfortunately, Harris was pronounced dead at the scene. Eyewitnesses have reported that Harris was killed during a stunt, which involved driving a motorcycle. Sadly, her motorcycle went through a plate-glass window on the film set as she was performing a stunt as the character Domino.
Further reports have surfaced that Harris had only joined the cast of Deadpool a few days earlier, and that it was her first ever job as a stunt woman job after a career as a professional motorcycle racer.
After the incredibly sad news, Deadpool 2 director David Leitch released a statement.
I’m deeply saddened by the loss of one of our stunt performers today. No words can express how I and the rest of the Deadpool 2 crew feel about this tragedy. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and loved ones in this difficult time.
Deadpool himself, Ryan Reynolds also took to Instagram to share his condolences. In the post, he uploaded a screenshot of a note which read,
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 at the moment. My heart pours out to them — along with each and every person she touched in the world.
48 hours after Joi SJ Harris’s death, the Deadpool filming set has reopened. However, before the cast and crew began filming, they gathered together to have a minutes silence to remember her life and legacy.