Rapper Dies When Plane Wing Stunt Goes Horribly Wrong

Jon James McMurray killed when plane goes into downward spiral
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2018 6:09 PM CDT
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Jon James is shown in an image from GoFundMe.   (GoFundMe)

(Newser) – A Canadian rapper was attempting to perform a stunt on the wing of a plane when things went very wrong. Jon James McMurray, who recorded as Jon James, had been training "intensively" for months for the project, which involved him rapping while walking on the wing of a plane as it flew, according to a statement obtained by CTV News. But while filming Saturday in British Columbia, "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," the statement says. James tried to hold on, but eventually had to let go and by then it was too late to use his parachute. "He impacted and died instantly," the statement says. The pilot ultimately landed the plane safely.

James, 34, was an accredited professional skier before a broken back and shattered heel ended that career and he turned to music, while keeping his daredevil streak—Time notes that the music videos on James' YouTube page often included shots of him skydiving, base-jumping, or performing BMX tricks. A fellow skier and friend of James' since childhood tells CTV of the attempted airplane stunt, "He planned for everything. It should have been straightforward. It's one of those things. We're not really sure what happened." A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to raise money for his celebration of life as well as to release all his remaining music, with proceeds from the music being "donated to a foundation dedicated to helping kids realize their dreams and teach them to capitalize on their limitless potential." (A medieval re-enactor was impaled in a fatal freak accident.)

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