Update August 15, 2017, 8 a.m. PT: In the wake of the death of a stuntwoman on the set of Deadpool 2, the film’s star, Ryan Reynolds, has tweeted out his condolences in a heartbreaking statement on his Twitter.
“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 in this moment. My heart pours out to them along with each and every person she touched in this world.”
A statement was also issued by Fox Studios as soon as the news broke. “We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time.”
We have also learned that since the initial reports broke, the stuntwoman was identified by Deadline as Joi “SJ” Harris, the first black American female pro road racer. Deadpool 2 was the first film she ever worked on as a stuntwoman.
Police have confirmed that a stuntwoman has been killed on the set of Deadpool 2 in Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada.
“Vancouver Police can confirm that a female stunt driver has died on the set of Deadpool during a stunt on a motorcycle,” police said in a statement, adding in a tweet that investigators were on scene Monday. No further information was available.
A stunt driver has died on the set of Deadpool during a stunt on a motorcycle. VPD & @WorkSafeBC investigators are at the scene.
— Vancouver Police (@VancouverPD) August 14, 2017
A reporter near the filming location took photos of the area, which was taped off, and wrote, “Stunt person hurt on set of Deadpool 2 loaded into Advanced Life Support ambulance that hasn’t moved. Anxious crew looking on.”
— Ben Miljure (@CTVNewsBen) August 14, 2017
WorkSafeBC, the government agency that oversees workplace safety regulations, also released a statement.
“WorkSafeBC was contacted by the Vancouver Police Department this morning at 8:31 a.m. regarding a serious incident in the 1000 Block of West Waterfront Road, Van B.C. WorkSafeBC has five officers at the incident site,” the statement read. “Two officers are inspecting the site for immediate occupational health and safety issues. Three officers are investigating the incident for cause and prevention under the Workers’ Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.”
Deadpool 2, starring Ryan Reynolds, has been filming since late June. It’s currently slated for a June 1, 2018, release date, and there’s no word on whether this tragic incident will affect filming schedules or the film’s release date.