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… ✨ #joiharris #sjharris #roadracing #deadpool2 #stuntwoman #gonebutnotforgotten #restinpeace #gonebutneverforgotten #instamemorials #ripsj
Stuntwoman Passes Away On Set Of “Deadpool 2”
Pro motorcycle racer and first-time stuntwoman Joi “SJ” Harris passed away after a tragic accident while filming a motorcycle stunt on the set of ‘Deadpool 2’ on Monday.
According to Daily Mail, Joi lost control of her Ducati while on the fifth take on a stunt sequence for the movie, just after 8am on Monday. As a result, she rammed her through a glass into the lobby of the Shaw Tower in Vancouver.
Joi was the first African-American woman to be licensed in the sport of street racing.
‘Deadpool 2’ was her first-ever role as a stunt driver in a film.
R.I.P. to Joi Harris. African American stunt people are a rarity from what we hear, much less stunt drivers. She passed away while serving a ground breaking role.