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Stunt-Double for Vin Diesel Reportedly Fighting for His Life

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A stuntman for Vin Diesel was injured on the set of Fast & Furious 9 at Leavesden Studios in the U.K. on Monday, with the man reportedly now fighting for his life after sustaining a critical head injury.

Joe Watts has been placed in an induced coma after suffering a head injury, his heartbroken fiancée Tilly Powell has said.

Tilly, who is also a stunt performer, shared an update on her husband-to-be online.

She wrote in a Facebook post, which has since disappeared: “I’m hoping you all understand why I can’t get back to all your messages individually.

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Credit: Tilly Powell, Facebook

“I’m writing this to update everyone at once. Joe has suffered a serious head injury and is in an induced coma. He is stable and is being monitored closely throughout the night.

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“I love him so much and my heart is shattered. He has all his family and friends by his side to get him through this!”

Sources say that Vin Diesel was present at the time of Watts’ injury and was reportedly “choking back tears” as the stuntman fell and “looked ashen” and “totally in shock” afterwards.

Watts’ fiancée, Tilly Powell, spoke out on social media and wrote that her “heart is shattered.”

Powell is also a stunt double and was working on The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard on another set in London when she learned of Watts’ accident. Previous projects Watts has worked on include Game of Thrones, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Jurassic World, Kingsman Golden Circle, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

“We had an injury on the set of Fast 9 today in Leavesden with one of our stuntmen,” a spokesperson from Universal said in a statement to Deadline on Monday. “We have halted production for the day to focus on this situation.”

Fast & Furious 9 is the next upcoming installment in the Fast franchise and stars Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, John Cena, Diesel, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Helen Mirren, Michelle Rodriguez, Anna Sawai and Charlize Theron. The movie will follow the spinoff Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, which stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham and will be released on Aug. 2. Fast & Furious 9 is expected to hit theaters on May 22, 2020.