Joi “SJ” Harris dies on ‘Deadpool’ set

“Deadpool 2” has been filming in Vancouver since June 26. Production has been halted following Monday’s tragic death.

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Professional motorcycle racer Joi “SJ” Harris was killed in a motorcycle accident Monday on the set of “Deadpool 2” in Vancouver. She was performing a stunt for actress Zazie Beetz, who plays the superhero Domino in the sequel to the 2016 Marvel flick.

Harris’ bike crashed through the glass of a ground-floor studio inside Shaw Tower near Jack Poole Plaza. Her identity was confirmed by a spokesperson for ACTRA (The Alliance of Canadian Cinema). Production on the film was shut down immediately following the incident, and it is unclear when it will continue.

“Today we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool,” star Ryan Reynolds tweeted after the crash. “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.”

Harris, who also went by the nickname “sj sidewayz”, was the first licensed African American woman in US history to actively compete in AMA sanctioned racing event.

During a 2015 interview, Harris told Black Girls Ride Magazine that she was “everything people never saw in this sport.

“Sisters on the track are few and far between,” she said at the time. “I want to show them that there’s more for them to be exposed to. I want to get the kids interested in the experience.”

Monday’s stunt involved riding over ramps and down the steps of a downtown plaza, according to witness Nathan Kramchynski, who works on the seventh floor of Shaw Tower, where the shot was being filmed. The office worker recalled watching two successful rehearsals of the stunt on Monday before it went tragically wrong.

“She lost control really quickly,” Kramchynski told the Vancouver Sun. “It happened in a split second.”

“Deadpool 2” has been filming in Vancouver since June 26. Production has been halted following Monday’s tragic death.

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