Deadpool has returned for its second film following the 2016 film starring Ryan Reynolds. While filming stunt driver SJ Harris of New York City died while performing a motorcycle stunt on set.
On Tuesday, the Coroners Service of British Columbia identified the victim of the motorcycle accident as SJ Harris.
The incident took place at the 1000 Block of West Waterfront Road, Vancouver B.C., near Jack Pool Plaza.
Harris reportedly lost control of the motorcycle and jumped the curve. Crashing through a plate-glass window at Shaw Tower. Though ambulance personnel treated her right away, authorities reported SJ died at the scene.
Harris is known as the first African-American female road racer. She strived on encouraging women to join road racing. Her manager, Porsche Taylor, told PEOPLE magazine “ She should be recognized and known as more than just the stunt driver who passed away.” She continues, “SJ is a remarkable person, and I want her legacy of being an inspiration to women who ride to continue for many more years to come.”
Deadpool star, Ryan Reynolds took a moment of silence for stunt driver SJ Harris before resuming filming.
Reynolds and crewmembers huddled together to bow their heads for a few words.
Reynolds also took his emotional grievances to Twitter, “Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool.” He continues, “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.”
This film was Harris’s first film as a stunt performer. Deadline reported the stunt driver was not wearing a helmet during the time of her accident because the character does not wear a helmet in the film.