An unnamed stuntwoman has died after a motorcycle stunt went wrong on the set of Deadpool 2 in Vancouver. Following news of the tragedy, the film's star Ryan Reynolds posted a heartfelt tribute to the young woman on Twitter, expressing his deepest sympathies to her loved ones.
He wrote: "Today we tragically lost a member of our crew filming Deadpool . 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
This is the second time this year that a stunt person has died on the set of a huge Hollywood production. Earlier this summer, John Bernecker passed away after suffering a head injury while working on The Walking Dead in Atlanta. The critical injury occurred when the 33-year-old lost his footing while scaling a 30-foot tall building.
Unlike many actors who hire stunt doubles, Tom Cruise has always preferred to perform his own action sequences. During the filming of Mission: Impossible 6 on Aug 14, the 55-year-old actor reportedly injured himself after performing a jump between two buildings in London. He was attached to a safety harness but, in a video recorded by TMZ , it appears he hit his lower body on the second building and then collapsed next to the film crew. The extent of his injuries is not yet known.
Tom has tested his limits on numerous movie sets. In 2011, he scaled the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, and in 2015 he attached himself to the outside of an airplane while filming Mission: Impossible - RogueNation.