A Canadian rapper died after falling from the wing of a flying plane he was walking on during a music video shoot, his management team said.
Jon James, 33, died instantly in the “wing-walking” accident in Vernon, British Columbia, on Saturday, according to a statement.
He had trained intensely for this stunt but 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,” said the statement, published alongside an online fundraiser to raise money for funeral costs and to release James’s new music.
“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.”
James had also enjoyed success as a competitive freeskier and was known for carrying out extreme stunts.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police confirmed they responded to “the sudden death of a parachuter” on Saturday evening.
CTV reported the plane and its pilot landed safely.
Jon was an incredibly passionate person and was always smiling. He filled everyone around him with positivity, and never spoke poorly about another person. He had a heart of gold,” the statement concluded. “Jon would want to be remembered as a beacon of light to follow your dreams, and would want everyone to continue to be inspired through his music and life message.”
McMurray is survived by his father and mother, Doug and Jen McMurray, his wife, Kali James, and brother, Jarred McMurray. The family has started a GoFundMe page to “get his stuff out there to the world in the right way” and “help with Jon James’s celebration of life.