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Motorcyclist dies after ‘Deadpool 2’ accident

The set for “Deadpool 2” stopped production after a stunt woman lost her life in a freak accident. Joi “SJ” Harris, 40, died while performing a motorcycle stunt for a scene in newest addition to the series. 

Harris was on set in Vancouver when the incident took place. USA TODAY recently obtained a report from the British Columbia Workplace Safety agency that states Harris was rehearsing a scene “that involved driving a motorcycle out of the open doors of a building, across a concrete pad and down a ramp that had been built over three stairs and coming to a stop on the stair landing,” 

The report also states that Harris “continued driving beyond the planned stopping spot on the stairway landing, continued down a second ramp and across the road. The motorcycle struck the concrete sidewalk curb, (and Harris) was thrown off the motorcycle and propelled through a plate glass window of a building,” 

According to Harris’s website, she was the first African-America woman licensed as a motorcycle road racer in U.S. history. Harris was born in Brooklyn, New York and had been a professional racer since 2014. 

Harris was acting as a stunt double for actress ZaZie Beetz who plays the character “Domino” in the upcoming film. It has also been reported that Harris was not wearing a helmet while practicing the stunt because Beetz’s character was not wearing a helmet in the scene.  

Beetz, along with her costar Ryan Reynolds, have gone to social media to share their condolences for Harris’s family. Beetz posted a photo on Instagram saying “My heart has been breaking the past two days and I have been searching what to say or do. I know that what I feel is nothing compared to what loved ones, friends, and family are feeling.” 

Reynolds took to twitter to share his feelings, he wrote “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.”  

Production for “Deadpool 2” resumed two days after Harris’s death. USA TODAY released a video of the cast and crew holding a moment of silence in tribute to Harris.

Written by Jada Dukes, staff writer. Photo courtesy of Facebook, Threader24 Racing.

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