Joi 'SJ' Harris, a stunt woman and professional motorcycle racer tragically passed away in Vancouver, Canada while filming a stunt on the set of the upcoming Deadpool 2.
SJ lost control of her bike while filming a sequence for the movie shortly after 8am on Monday, August 14, 2017 causing her to ram the bike into the glass-enclosed lobby of the Shaw Tower in Vancouver.
This was her first film as a stunt driver. She had only just fully healed from a wrist injury weeks before her death.
It is believed she was doubling for Zazie Beetz' Domino character during the scene. Beetz and Ryan Reynolds had been filmed riding bikes on the set of the film. SJ was not wearing a helmet during the scene because her character does not wear a helmet.
Paramedics were able to pull SJ from the wreckage and get her to the hospital, but her injuries were too severe.
Eyewitnesses said they did not hear the motorcycle break before the crash.
SJ was in rehearsals for the stunt all weekend and she had completed the stunt successfully four times on Monday before something went wrong on the fifth attempt.
The Brooklyn, New York native was an advocate for women of color in the road racing sport, and promoted herself as “the first licensed African American women in U.S. history to actively compete in sanctioned motorcycle road racing events.” Our sympathies are with her loved ones and friends. Rest peacefully SJ...
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