VERNON, British Columbia — Jon James, an aspiring Canadian rapper, was killed during a music video shoot when a stunt atop an airplane wing went wrong. He was 34.
During a music video shoot in Vernon, British Columbia on Saturday, the rapper — whose full name is Jon James McMurray — was walking on the wing of a Cessna as it was in the air.
He walked too far out on the wing and made the small aircraft go into a downward spiral, his management team said.
“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. He impacted and died instantly,” said Ryan Desrochers with the management team told CNN in a statement.
The pilot of the plane was able to control the plane and land safely. No one else was injured, reported CNN partner CBC.
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When you live for your art sometimes you spend every last penny you have making a project come out right. I can think of earlier years where I chose to spend the little money I had on making music and videos instead of ensuring I had a place to sleep or even enough food to eat sometimes. I would sleep in my car instead of paying rent and spend my income on building my dreams. The ironic part of this story is my two fastest growing videos on YouTube cost me pretty much nothing 🤣 This video specifically cost me literally $0, just my time and passion 🦁 #IronyOfLife #RexLeo #JonJames #MotivationMondays #LiveYourEdge
According to his management team, Jon James was an accredited professional skier, but left the snow for the music studio after multiple injuries, including a broken back and shattered heel.
“He died filming for a project he had been working on for months. He had trained intensely for this stunt,” his management team said in the statement.
He is survived by his wife, parents and brother.
“He filled everyone around him with positivity, and never spoke poorly about another person. He truly had a heart of gold,” the statement said.