Deadpool 2 stuntwoman who died was 'first African American female road racer'

Harris died after she appeared to lose control of her motorbike, which then crashed through the window of a building across the street.
Harris died after she appeared to lose control of her motorbike, which then crashed through the window of a building across the street.PHOTO: SJ HARRIS/FACEBOOK

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - The stuntwoman who died on the film set of Deadpool 2 in Vancouver on Monday was S.J. Harris, a 40-year-old from New York, a spokesman for the province of British Columbia's coroners service said on Tuesday.

The local media identified Harris as a professional motorcycle road racer. She died after she appeared to lose control of her motorbike, which then crashed through the window of a building across the street during filming of the 20th Century Fox superhero movie.

She began riding in 2009 and received her race licence in May 2013, CBC television reported. She started competing in 2014, racing in the American Sportbike Racing Association's Championship Cup Series.

A 2015 article in Black Girls Ride magazine described Harris as "the first African American female road racer". Deadpool 2 was her first role as a stunt performer in a film, according to Deadline Hollywood.

Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds said on Monday that cast and crew were "heartbroken, shocked and devastated" at the death of a driver in a motorcycle stunt that went wrong.

Deadpool 2 is a sequel to the 2016 R-rated comedy Deadpool, from movie studio 20th Century Fox, a unit of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc.