August 14, 2017


'Deadpool 2' Stunt Driver Dies on Set in Motorcycle Accident

Deadpool: Twentieth Century Fox; Inset: @FarrahMerali Twitter
Deadpool: Twentieth Century Fox; Inset: @FarrahMerali Twitter

UPDATE: The stunt driver has been identified as professional road racer SJ Harris. She was 40. 

A female stunt driver died Monday in a motorcycle accident while filming a scene for Marvel's Deadpool 2 movie, the Vancouver Police Department confirmed in an Aug. 14 statement.

It appears the stunt driver, whose name will be released after her family is notified, lost control of the motorcycle and slammed into a glass portion of Shaw Tower in Downtown Vancouver. 

Local police and WorkSafeBC, which monitors occupational health and safety in British Columbia, are investigating the incident to determine what went wrong. 

Photos from local journalists Farrah Merali and Ben Miljure show the accident's aftermath:

Deadpool's titular star Ryan Reynolds responded to the death on Twitter, saying, "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." 

"We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning," 20th Century Fox said in a statement. "Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time."

As of Monday evening, the BC Coroners Service hasn't released any more information about the female victim: "As noted in the Coroners Act, regarding the privacy of the deceased, the BC Coroners Service will neither be identifying the victim nor confirming identity at this time."

We'll update this story once officials release more details, including the victim's name.