Tributes are pouring in for a female stunt driver killed while working on the Deadpool 2 movie set in Vancouver Monday.
S.J. Harris was killed while performing a stunt in the area of Jack Poole Plaza and the Shaw Tower in downtown Vancouver.
Harris was a professional motorcycle racer from Brooklyn, New York.
In a statement to Global News, the Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclist’s (WCM) said it was one of Harris’ sponsors and rider advocates.
“We had an upcoming scholarship to encourage female riders to race with her as the trainer,” reads the statement. “This is a tragedy and tremendous [loss] to the motorcycling community. WCM is deeply sadden by the news.”
Harris was performing a stunt for Deadpool 2 Monday morning and had successfully performed it four times before something went wrong the fifth time.
Witnesses said they saw the motorcycle airborne before it crashed through the glass of the Shaw Tower ground-floor studio around 8:20 a.m. It also hit a post before smashing the window.
Emergency crews rushed to the scene but Harris passed away from her injuries.
A memorial has now sprung up at the site.
A Global News crew who was on the scene said Harris was wearing a helmet when she was practicing the stunt but when the accident occurred she had changed into costume and was reportedly not wearing a helmet because the character does not wear one in the movie.
This was also reportedly her first film stunt.
Many people are taking to social media to honour Harris, including Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds.
He offered condolences to the victim’s family.
“Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew,” Reynolds 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. My heart pours out to them — along with each and every person she touched in this world.”
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) August 14, 2017
My heart goes out to the family of Joi “SJ” Harris, the first African-American female pro road racer, who died doing a stunt on Deadpool 2
— Noah Kinsey (@thenoahkinsey) August 15, 2017
Condolences to family, friends and co-workers of Joi “SJ” Harris who lost her life today while making movie magic for all of us. #Deadpool2
— Fabian Nicieza (@FabianNicieza) August 15, 2017
— Felix Kay (@TheFelixKay) August 14, 2017
Really heartbreaking. Stuntwoman Killed on Deadpool: Joi 'SJ' Harris, First African-American Female Road Racer https://t.co/foQyZtIzPN
— Lexi Alexander (@Lexialex) August 15, 2017
A major investigation is now underway into what happened.
Filming of Deadpool 2 has been suspended and it’s not known when it may resume.
Deadpool 2, starring Ryan Reynolds, has been filming in Vancouver since late June. Several downtown streets have been closed since last week to shoot scenes involving motorcycles and scooters.