Canadian Rapper Jon James Dies After Failed Airplane Stunt in Music Video Shoot

He had been shooting the video for a collaboration with Riff Raff
Canadian Rapper Jon James Dies After Failed Airplane Stunt in Music Video Shoot
Jon James McMurray, a Calgary-born rapper who performed under the name Jon James, has died following a failed airplane stunt for a music video shoot. He was reportedly 34 years old.

McMurray died on Saturday (October 21) while filming a music video in Westwold, BC — a small community between Kamloops and Vernon. He was attempting a stunt where he would walk onto the wing of a small Cessna while it was in the air.

Though he trained "intensively," the stunt reportedly sent the Cessna into a downward spiral that couldn't be corrected. 

"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," a statement from his management explains [via the Canadian Press]. "He impacted and died instantly."

The stunt was going to be used in McMurray's music video for "The Man," a song that also features a guest spot from Riff Raff.

McMurray, who was a professional skier before getting into rap music and stunts, is survived by his parents, brother, wife and many friends. A GoFundMe has been set up in his honour.