A professional rap artist and athlete has died after an airplane stunt for a music video went wrong above the B.C. Interior.
Jon James McMurray, 33, was being filmed wing-walking when he fell and died on Saturday.
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His body was found in a field in the community of Westwold, northwest of Vernon, just before 7 p.m. PT.
On Monday, McMurray’s management team released a statement on his death. It said he’d been training for the stunt for months.
McMurray planned to walk on the wing of a small Cessna plane while rapping for the video. During the shoot, he walked too far out on the wing and sent the aircraft into a downward spiral.
The artist fell and didn’t have time to pull his parachute. He died on impact.
The pilot was able to right the plane and no one else was hurt.
Athlete turned stunt-musician
McMurray, who was born in Calgary but lived in Los Angeles, made his rise in freeskiing. He switched from professional sports to music after a slough of injuries — including a broken back — more than a decade ago.
His management team said his love for extreme stunts has remained a pillar in his music career.
“His passion for making music videos and performing stunts were combined, and Jon pushed music in a new direction that was unchartered territory,” the statement read.
His lifelong friend, fellow freeskier Rory Bushfield, posted a tribute to McMurray on Instagram on Sunday night.
“He was living his ultimate dream, free and full,” wrote Bushfield, 35.
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The sun is not as bright today as it was yesterday when it was shinning on my homies last moments. Jon james Mcmurray, my very best, dearest and oldest friend passed yesterday evening in a skydive accident. He was living his ultimate dream, free and full. May he Rest In Peace. I’m gonna miss him so much. Thanks for all the lessons over the years fee. You where such a good man, you brought up everyone around you and I promise to try my best to live as free as you did. Take care of my girl Sarah up there homie. I love you. All my love to his family and people.
McMurray’s management team said he was an “incredibly passionate person.”
“He truly had a heart of gold. Jon would want to be remembered as a beacon of light.”
McMurray leaves behind his wife, parents and brother.
The RCMP, B.C. Coroners Service and Transportation Safety Board are investigating his death.
With files from CBC and Brady Strachan