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Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds has spoken of how "shocked and devastated" the film crew are following the death of a stuntwoman on the Deadpool 2 set.

Police have confirmed the death of Joi 'SJ' Harris, saying "a female stunt driver has died on the set of Deadpool during a stunt on a motorcycle."

Reynolds said: "Today, we tragically lost a member of our crew while filming Deadpool.

"We're heartbroken, shocked and devastated ... but recognise nothing can compare to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment."

Local media has reported that the stuntwoman appeared to lose control of the vehicle, which drove off the set and through the window of a building across the road.

Images show police taping off a black Ducati motorcycle on its side next to a smashed office tower window in downtown Vancouver.

Witness Sharmina Kermalli said she had just walked into a Starbucks next door when she heard a loud crash.

She ran out of the coffee shop and saw glass still falling on the body of the woman, she said.

Dan Berger, spokesman for 20th Century Fox, said: "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."

Police said officers were at the scene and investigators with WorkSafeBC, the provincial workplace safety agency, were also looking into the crash.

Another stuntman was killed in July during filming for The Walking Dead after falling onto concrete from around 25ft.

Deadpool, a Marvel Comics superhero, is played by Vancouver-born actor Reynolds.


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