Newspaper article The Canadian Press

"Deadpool 2" Stuntwoman Who Died Was a Pioneering Motorcycle Racer

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

"Deadpool 2" Stuntwoman Who Died Was a Pioneering Motorcycle Racer

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"Deadpool 2" stuntwoman mourned by friends

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VANCOUVER - A stuntwoman killed while filming a scene for the movie "Deadpool 2" in Vancouver on Monday is being remembered as a pioneering motorcycle road racer who lived her life to the fullest.

Joi (SJ) Harris was a true personification of her first name, friends say, as she exuded happiness and had an ever-present smile.

"She played by her own rules and lived her life to the fullest by following her motto: If it's not a challenge, it's boring," said Kim Edwards, who said they were "besties" and she affectionately called Harris her "lil sis."

"She will always have a place in my heart."

The BC Coroners Service identified Harris, 40, as the stunt driver killed on the movie set in downtown Vancouver. Spokesman Andy Watson said Harris, a resident of New York City, died at the scene.

Witnesses said she appeared to lose control of her motorcycle while filming outside the Vancouver Convention Centre and crashed through a ground floor window of an office building across the street.

A memorial of flowers and candles has been set up at the scene in front of the boarded-up window. A message written on one of the candles reads, "Brave, beautiful and free."

Harris's Facebook page was updated Tuesday with a statement that called her "an extraordinary woman with a passion for riding and motorsports. She was known for her beautiful spirit and bubbly personality."

"She was fearless and relentless in her pursuit of her dream, to ride as a motorsports professional," the statement said. "She was living her dream, when her life was suddenly cut short while filming as a stunt rider. She will be dearly missed by her race fans all over the world."

Harris described herself on her website as the "first licensed African-American woman in U.S. history to actively compete in (American Motorcyclist Association) sanctioned, motorcycle road racing events."

James Holter, vice-president of the American Motorcyclist Association, said it was difficult to confirm her claim. The group has many African-American female members but does not collect ethnicity information when licences are issued, he said. …

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