Canadian rapper Jon James McMurray was killed on Saturday (Oct. 20) when he fell to his dying in British Columbia whereas filming a video by which he was strolling on the wing of a aircraft whereas rapping. According to an announcement from McMurray's administration, the rapper, 33 -- who was recognized for as an completed freeskier and stuntman -- had been engaged on the shoot for months, coaching "intensively."
"However, as Jon obtained additional out onto the wing of the aircraft, it precipitated the small Cessna to enter a downward spiral that the pilot couldn't right," the assertion mentioned. "Jon held onto the wing till it was too late, and by the point he let go, he didn't have time to drag his chute. He impacted and died immediately." The aircraft reportedly landed safely and nobody else was injured within the accident, which occurred in Vernon, British Columbia. "Jon was an extremely passionate particular person and was at all times smiling. He crammed everybody round him with positivity, and by no means spoke poorly about one other particular person. He actually had a coronary heart of gold."
McMurray's music movies ceaselessly featured him performing stunts, from parkour flips and BASE leaping to skydiving, together with a 2015 clip for "Hello" which opens with the rapper admitting that he "broke" a parachute whereas prepping for the shoot. The rapper grew up snowboarding within the Rocky Mountains and was an accredited skilled skier who logged a number of firsts, together with touchdown the primary backflip on and off a rail.
After struggling a damaged again and shattered heel, he switched from pursuing his dream snowboarding to being a musician. "His ardour for making music movies and performing stunts have been mixed, and Jon pushed music in a brand new path that was uncharted territory," the assertion learn. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, coroner's workplace and Transportation Safety Board have begun an investigation into McMurray's dying. A GoFundMe web page has been set as much as "get his stuff on the market to the world in the suitable approach... [and] assist with Jon James' celebration of life."
Billboard has reached out to RCMP for remark.
Check out this tribute video to James under that includes the tune "Patron."