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'Deadpool 2' stuntwoman killed in motorcycle accident on set; Ryan Reynolds offers condolences

A stuntwoman was killed while riding a motorcycle on the set of the Ryan Reynolds movie "Deadpool 2" in Vancouver, Canada, police confirmed Monday. 

WorkSafeBC, British Columbia's OSHA equivalent, was on the scene along with law enforcement, the Vancouver Police Department said in a statement that promised further information as it became available.

The woman, whose name was not released by police, was treated by an ambulance crew after the 8 a.m. crash but was pronounced dead on the scene, the Vancouver Sun reported.  Witnesses told the newspaper she lost control, jumped a curb and slammed through the glass windows of an office building.

"We're heartbroken, shocked and devastated ... but recognize nothing can come close to the grief and inexplicable pain her family and loved ones must feel in this moment," Reynolds said Monday afternoon on Twitter. "My heart pours out to them -- along with each and every person she touched in this world." 

The woman successfully performed the stunt four times, but had a problem with the throttle on her fifth practice run and lost control when the engine engaged, according to Canada's Global News, which had a crew on the scene gathering information about a fatal bus crash that happened nearby on Sunday.

Because her character did not wear a helmet in the movie, the stuntwoman, an experienced road racer who reportedly was doing her first movie, was not wearing a helmet, a source told Deadline Hollywood

The character Domino, played by actress Zazie Beetz, had previously been spotted on the same street riding a black Ducati motorcycle, the type involved in the crash, the Sun said. The movie has been filming in the downtown area since June 26. 

According to TMZ, which first reported the accident, the victim never hit the brakes. 

"We are deeply saddened by the accident that occurred on the set of 'Deadpool 2' this morning," a 20th Century Fox representative said Monday afternoon. "Our hearts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of our crew member during this difficult time."

Director David Leitch, who also helmed the action-heavy movies "John Wick" and "Atomic Blonde," is a longtime stunt professional, with scores of credits listed on his IMDb page.

"I'm deeply saddened by the loss of one of our stunt performers today," Leitch said in a statement. "No words can express how I and the rest of the 'Deadpool 2' crew feel about this tragedy. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and loved ones in this difficult time."

Last week, "Deadpool 2" star Reynolds joked around on Twitter, thanking the Vancouver Police Department and the people of Vancouver, his hometown, "for putting up with road closures and traffic delays as we film Spider-Man downtown."

The movie is slated for release in June.

In July, a stuntman performing a high fall died on the set of "The Walking Dead" in Atlanta after missing a safety cushion by inches. Over the weekend in London, Tom Cruise was apparently injured while performing a roof-to-roof jump stunt for "Mission: Impossible 6."

Update, 2:10 p.m.: This post was updated to include a statement from 20th Century Fox.

Update, 2:28 p.m.: This post was updated to include a statement from Ryan Reynolds and additional information about the stuntwoman from Deadline Hollywood.

Update, 6:33 p.m.: This post was updated with a statement from director David Leitch.

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