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Deadpool 2 stuntwoman dies after on-set injury

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An unidentified stuntwoman died on the set of Deadpool 2 in Vancouver, Canada on Monday after her motorcycle crashed during filming, local authorities confirmed.

“Vancouver Police can confirm that a female stunt driver has died on the set of Deadpool during a stunt on a motorcycle,” the department said in a statement, following an initial announcement on social media. “VPD officers are at the scene, along with officers from WorkSafeBC. More information will be released when it is available.”

Deadpool 2 director David Leitch and star Ryan Reynolds both shared their condolences to the stuntwoman’s family, with the actor saying he was “heartbroken, shocked, and devastated.”

A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox issued the following statement: “We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of Deadpool 2 this morning. Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends, and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time.”

Details are still emerging regarding the incident. However, bystanders told Vancouver affiliate CTV News that the stunt was shot at Jack Poole Plaza when the vehicle crashed through the window of Shaw Tower. The driver is thought to be the stunt double for Zazie Beetz. A woman donning the costume for the mutant Domino was spotted on a black Ducati motorcycle in the area for a sequence days earlier.

CTV reporter Ben Miljure posted images from the scene to social media, noting the stuntwoman was loaded into an Advanced Life Support ambulance after the incident.

Deadpool 2, directed by Atomic Blonde‘s David Leitch, returns Ryan Reynolds as the Merc with the Mouth. Josh Brolin will also debut as the time-traveling mutant Cable alongside Beetz as Domino, The Hunt for the Wilderpeople‘s Julian Dennison, and Jack Kesy as the reported villain.

The film is scheduled for release on June 1, 2018.