*The stuntwoman who was killed on the set of “Deadpool 2” has been identified as professional road racer Joi “SJ” Harris of Brooklyn, NY, the first African-American female licensed in the sport.
According to TMZ, “Deadpool 2” was her first film as a stunt driver.
Harris lost control of her motorcycle during filming in Vancouver, which sent her airborne through a plate-glass window of at Shaw Tower. Eyewitnesses say the brakes were never applied and she was not wearing a helmet.
The Vancouver Sun reported that she was treated by ambulance personnel but police said she died at the scene.
Harris was likely a stunt double for Zazie Beetz. A woman donning the costume for the mutant Domino, whom Beetz plays in the film, was spotted on a black Ducati motorcycle in the area for a sequence days earlier, according to People.com.
“Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool,” the film’s star, Ryan Reynolds tweeted. “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.”
“I’m deeply saddened by the loss of one of our stunt performers today,” director David Leitch said in a statement to People. “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 loves ones in this difficult time.”
Harris was not a member of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists — a Canadian actors union.
Weeks before her death, she tweeted about being fully recovered from an injury involving her wrist and being ready to ride again.
The video below shows her first ever race crash.