The stunts on a music video set got much too real on Monday afternoon. An actor was shot and killed while filming his scene in an Australian hip-hop video.
Johann Ofner, a 28-year-old stuntman, was killed during a filmed gunfire scene meant to be used in a music video for the Australian hip-hop group Bliss n Eso, CNN reported. Ofner sustained a shot to his chest while filming a scene for the band's video for their song "Friend Like You." Despite CPR efforts, Ofner was pronounced dead on the set of the video shoot.
While police have confirmed that multiple firearms were indeed in use during the scene that led to Johann Ofner's death, they are still investigating the specifics that led to the lethal gunshot. The actual members of Bliss n Eso, a three-part hip-hop collective based in Sydney, shared their remorse over Ofner's death in a Facebook post, and confirmed that they themselves were not on set when it happened. Commenters on the post have offered up some suggestions in how the group could pay tribute to Ofner, either by performing a special concert to raise money for his family or by releasing a song dedicated to the stuntman. Others questioned the musicians as to why they would use loaded firearms in a music video.
The owners of the Brooklyn Standard, the Brisbane City bar where the firearms scene had been filmed, also shared a post on Facebook to share their condolences and clarify that none of their staffers were present during the incident.
Johann Ofner was a professional stuntman and carpenter, who had previously done stunt and background work for a few small Australian films and even the 2015 Dwayne Johnson action flick San Andreas. His profile on the stuntman booking page StuntBook Australia lists his specialities as including wire work, theatrical fighting, and martial arts both with and without weaponry. He was set to appear on the upcoming season of Australian Ninja Warrior, appearing briefly in a promo for the high-octane competition show.
Making the situation all the more devastating is looking at the outpouring of love of Johann Ofner's family and friends on his Facebook page. Just two days before his untimely death, Ofner had posted an adorable, loving photo with his girlfriend and daughter. Rest in peace.