UPDATE (8/15/17, 8:44 a.m. ET): The stuntwoman who tragically died while performing a motorcycle stunt on the Vancouver set of Deadpool 2 on Monday morning has been identified as Joi "SJ" Harris, reports People. According to her website, Harris was the first licensed African-American female road racer in the U.S. Deadpool 2 was her first film as a stunt performer.
The cast and crew of Deadpool 2 suffered a tragedy early Monday morning (August 14) when a stuntwoman was killed following a motorcycle stunt gone wrong.
"We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning," a 20th Century Fox spokesperson said in a statement to MTV News. "Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time."
Ryan Reynolds, star and producer of Deadpool 2, posted a statement to social media Monday afternoon. "We are heartbroken, shocked, and devastated," Reynolds wrote, "but recognize that nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment."
Director David Leitch also mourned the stuntwoman's death. In a statement released to MTV News, he said, "I'm deeply saddened by the loss of one of our stunt performers today. No words can express how I and the rest of the Deadpool 2 crew feel about this tragedy. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and loved ones in this difficult time."
As first reported by TMZ, the unnamed stuntwoman appeared to have lost control of the motorcycle while filming in Vancouver. Local news station CTV News reports that she was thrown from the vehicle after jumping over a curb and crashed through the plate-glass window of Shaw Tower's ground level, located across the street from the set.
Ben Miljure, a CTV News reporter, was at the scene of the accident.
Vancouver Police confirmed the news on social media, adding that WorkSafeBC members were on the scene. A spokesperson for the workplace safety organization told MTV News via email that it has launched a long-term investigation into the accident. WorkSafeBC currently has five officers at the site investigating the incident.
"Two officers are inspecting the site for immediate occupational health and safety issues," the spokesperson said. "Three officers are investigating the incident for cause and prevention under the Workers' Compensation Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation."
An eyewitness told local outlet Metro News that the stunt driver completed several rehearsals of the stunt earlier that morning. Per the eyewitness account, the stunt allegedly involved driving a motorcycle down two ramps across several stairs.
The identity of the driver has yet to be released, but it's believed she may have been stunt doubling for actress Zazie Beetz, who plays Domino in the sequel. A woman wearing Domino's costume was spotted on set a few days ago riding a black Ducati motorcycle. It's unclear if the woman photographed was Beetz or a stuntwoman.
MTV News will continue to update this post with more information as it comes in.
Deadpool 2 is slated for release in 2018.