Canadian rapper Jon James McMurray dies after falling off the wing of a plane
That’s a rap.
A 34-year-old Canadian rapper being filmed on the wing of a plane lost his footing while doing a wing-walking stunt and plummeted to his death over the weekend.
The National Post reported Jon James McMurray spent months “intensively” training for the dangerous trick to no avail.
“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,” his manager told the paper in a statement.
The Calgary native reportedly held onto the wing as long as he could and didn’t have time to activate his parachute before hitting the ground in British Columbia. The pilot landed the plane safely a short time later.
“His passion for making music videos and performing stunts were combined, and Jon pushed music in a new direction that was uncharted territory,” according to his manager.
McMurray reportedly had a career in competitive skiing cut short by a series of injuries including a fractured neck and broken back. In 2016, he released album “Rex Leo,” which produced a handful of music videos.
Shortly before his death, McMurray posted a video on YouTube explaining to fans that one of the planes in the video was having a mechanical issue that was being fixed.
“We got a couple hour delay so I want to let you guys know,” he said. “(If I’m away) for a few hours and you’re like ‘Did he die?’ No. We’re just delayed.
Royal Canadian Mounted Police are investigating the death.