Canadian rapper Jon James dies after falling from plane during stunt for music video

Jon James died instantly in the "wing-walking" accident in Vernon, British Columbia, on Oct 20, 2018. PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/JONJAMES

OTTAWA (AFP) - A Canadian rapper died after falling from the wing of a flying plane he was walking on during a music video shoot, his management team said.

Jon James, 33, died instantly in the "wing-walking" accident in Vernon, British Columbia, last Saturday (Oct 20), according to a statement.

"He had trained intensely for this stunt but as Jon got further out onto the wing of the plane, it caused the small Cessna to go into a downward spiral that the pilot couldn't correct," said the statement, published alongside an online fund-raiser to raise money for funeral costs and to release James' new music.

"Jon held onto the wing until it was too late, and by the time he let go, he didn't have time to pull his chute," said the statement.

James had also enjoyed success as a competitive free-skier and was known for carrying out extreme stunts.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed they responded to "the sudden death of a parachuter" last Saturday evening. CTV reported that the plane and its pilot landed safely.

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