Motorcycle Stuntwoman Joi “SJ” Harris Killed On ‘Deadpool 2’ Set
The stuntwoman for Zazie Beetz’s Domino character, Joi “SJ” Harris died while performing a motorcycle stunt in Vancouver, Canada.
Billed as the first African American female road racer, Joi “SJ” Harris was a pioneer in the motorcycle stunt arena. Licensed to compete in sanctioned motorcycle road racing events, the Brooklyn, New York native was identified as the victim of an accident on the set of Deadpool 2, which stars Ryan Reynolds, Zazie Beetz and Josh Brolin.
“Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool,” Ryan Reynolds wrote on social media. “We’re heartbroken, shocked, devastated… but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feelin in this moment. My heart pours out to them — along with each and every person she touched in this world.”
An expert road racer, her role was to stunt-double for Zazie Beetz’s Domino, who, in the scene she was filming, didn’t require wearing a helmet. Deadpool 2 was her first role in a major superhero motion picture. According to witnesses, she was thrown from her motorcycle, as her bike crashed onto a glass window of the lobby of the Shaw Tower, ending her life. “The actor was airborne through the building,” an unidentified caller says in the chilling 911 audio. “She hasn’t been moving,” says another.
“Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time,” a network spokesperson said. Making the tragedy even more sad is reading on Facebook that Joi had posted a photo of herself weeks before the incident with the caption, “Everything for a reason. #StayTheCourse.”
@Okayplayer offers our most sincerest condolences to Joi’s family and friends. Send up your own prayers as well, guys.
H/T: Vanity Fair