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A stuntwoman performing an action sequence on the set of Deadpool 2 has died. The as-yet-unidentified stuntwoman was performing a motorcycle stunt near Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver. Her death has been confirmed by the Vancouver Police Department. It is believed that the stuntwoman was standing in for actress Zazie Beetz, according to EW. Beetz plays Domino in the upcoming sequel, and EW notes that a driver was seen on a Ducati motorcycle in a Domino suit a few days ago.
In a statement made to THR, Fox says:
We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time.
Deadpool 2 has been filming for several weeks in Vancouver, with leading man Ryan Reynolds recently posing with the officers of the Vancouver Police Department in thanking them for all that they have been doing while the sequel takes over the streets of the downtown area. Vancouver is home to Reynolds, and the original film shot in Canada.
TMZ has more details to add to the report. They are going on record to say that the stuntwoman -- whose name is being protected for the time being -- went airborne during a high-speed stunt and crashed her motorcycle through the glass of a studio inside Shaw Tower, which, as reported above, is near Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver. Witnesses tell TMZ that it never appeared as if the motorcycle applied its brakes during the stunt. An investigation currently is underway.
These tragic stories are becoming more prevalent. Recently, Tom Cruise was injured on the set of Mission: Impossible 6 as the 55-year-old action star tried to leap from one tall building to another. The Walking Dead suffered a severe tragedy when stuntman John Bernecker fell from an extreme height and suffered a fatal injury. And these are just recent examples.
It is our hope that the current investigation reveals what might have happened during this motorcycle stunt, so that future accidents can be prevented on the set of action films (or any features, for that matter). We here at CinemaBlend sympathize with everyone in the Deadpool 2 family, and hope for a peaceful resolution for the family of the stuntwoman who was involved in the horrible on-set accident today. As much as we appreciate all of the work that comes with bringing these massive tentpole features to life on the big screen, we never want to see anyone fatally injured in the name of cinema. Our thoughts go out to all involved.