Joi Harris

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Sequana Joi "SJ" Harris (born December 11, 1976 in Brooklyn , New York City , † August 14, 2017 in Vancouver , British Columbia ) was an American motorcycle street racer and stuntwoman who died in an accident while filming the film Deadpool 2 came.


Harris learned to ride a motorcycle in 2009 and began her racing career in 2012, receiving her racing license in 2013. She began her professional career in 2014, making her the first African American woman to be approved as a motorcycle racer. Harris subsequently founded her own racing team "Threader Racing" and drove in the NJMP and SPR class in the Championship Cup Series in 2017 , in which she won a victory. In addition to racing, Harris campaigned, among other things, to inspire more women of color for racing.

Death while filming Deadpool 2

In 2017 Harris worked as a stuntwoman for the film Deadpool 2 as a double for the actress Zazie Beetz , who plays the role of dominoes in Deadpool 2 . On August 14, 2017, while filming in downtown Vancouver, she lost control of her motorcycle, hit a curb and was thrown through a pane of glass in Shaw Tower .

Harris's predecessor wore a helmet under a wig; However, after Harris had only joined the film crew on August 9, a suitable helmet could not be made for her in time and she suffered such severe head injuries in the accident that she died at the scene of the accident. This marked the second death of a stunt performer in North America in 2017 (the first death in 2017 was stuntman John Bernecker, who died in a fall while filming the eighth season of The Walking Dead ).

Due to Harris's fatal accident, filming was stopped and only resumed on August 16, and the credits were also dedicated to Joi Harris.

In October 2019, the legal agency WorkSafeBC came to the conclusion in its investigation report that the production company TCF Vancouver Productions Ltd. to be responsible for the accident because she did not correctly assess the risks. The production company would not have secured the set, introduced Harris into the workplace, or provided her with head protection.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. 4 steps to Road Racing with SJ Harris . In: Black Girls Ride Magazine | Motorcycles, Accessories, Biker Fashion and Events for Women Who Ride! January 6, 2015 ( [accessed June 21, 2018]).
  2. Black Girls Ride website
  3. a b Film starts : After the death of stuntwoman Joi Harris: "Deadpool 2" filming continues . In: . ( [accessed June 21, 2018]).
  4. Report on the Deadline Hollywood website (accessed August 7, 2017)
  5. Jan Felix Wuttig: "Deadpool 2": This is how the fatal set accident happened. In: film starts . October 9, 2019, accessed October 12, 2019 .