Fast and Furious production was put on hold after Vin Diesel’s stunt double was seriously injured on set.
Professional stuntman Joe Watts, who works as Vin Diesel‘s stunt double, was reportedly left “seriously injured” and placed in an induced coma after an accident during filming for Fast & Furious 9.
Watts fell from a height of 30 feet directly onto his head according to witnesses, at film studios in Leavesden, U.K. Reports also say paramedics and police were present when Watts was airlifted to the Royal London Hospital on Monday. He remained hospitalized on Tuesday.
Watts’ girlfriend Tilly Powell, a stuntwoman, said her “heart is shattered,” and “I love him so much. He has all his friends and family by his side to get him through this.”
Production was halted Monday when cast and crew were distraught after witnessing or learning of the tragedy. Filming resumed on Tuesday.
Vin Diesel was apparently left “choking back tears” after witnessing the accident.
Fast & Furious 9 is due for release in 2020. ~Emily Chavez