Stuntman Joe Watts who is body-double of Vin Diesel has been injured during filming of Fast & Furious 9
Stuntman Joe Watts was injured during filming of Fast & Furious 9 yesterday. Police and paramedics rushed out to the site in Leavesden, Hertfordshire. British stuntman has worked on Kingsman, Spider Man and Game of Thrones. Has also performed stunts in Johnny English, Mission: Impossible, Jurassic World. His fiancée Tilly Powell, a stuntwoman, told friends that her 'heart is shattered'
'My heart is shattered, but I knew the risks he faced': Stunt-woman girlfriend of Vin Diesel body-double left fighting for life in 'induced coma' after 30ft fall on Fast and Furious set holds bedside vigil as Hollywood star is 'devastated'
Vin Diesel's stunt double has been placed in an induced coma after plunging 30ft onto his head on the set of Fast and Furious 9.
Sources have told MailOnline stunt performer Joe Watts was injured on the film set at the Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire yesterday afternoon.
Vin Diesel was said to be 'choking back tears' after witnessing Mr Watts fall on his head as he performed a stunt in the movie star's place.
Mr Watts' fiancée Tilly Powell, who is also a stunt performer, told friends her 'heart is shattered' and that he was in an induced coma after suffering a serious head injury.
Writing on social media, she assured friends he was 'stable and being monitored closely throughout the night'.
Ms Powell added: 'I love him so much. He has all his friends and family by his side to get him through this.'
Ms Powell was working on 'The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard' on another location in London when she learned about her partner's accident - and friends say she 'knew the risks he faced' in the job.
Filming on the ninth installment of the franchise was halted after a safety cable reportedly snapped as Mr Watts jumped off a balcony on set and hit the ground.
Mr Watts is a British stuntman who has worked on a series of Hollywood blockbusters, including Games of Thrones, alongside Mark Strong in Kingsman Golden Circle, and Spider Man Far From Home.
He has also performed stunts in Johnny English Strikes Again, Mission: Impossible - Fallout, Jurassic World and The Hitman's Bodyguard.
Ms Powell is at the bedside of her fiancé, along with her father Greg Powell.
She and her father were working together on another film on location in London when told about the accident and was escorted by police to the Royal London Hospital.
A family member told Mail Online: 'Tilly is absolutely devastated but she has known the risks that were always involved.
'She grew up with a father who was a stuntman and has followed the same career.
'She knew that they always faced risks on any dangerous stunt.
'Tilly is at the hospital with Joe and like everyone else just praying that Joe will pull through.'
The couple, who have been dating for four years, are understood to be set to get married next year.
'Joe is one of the nicest men you could meet. Everyone in the family loves him and he is devoted to Tilly,' said the family member.
Ms Powell was working with her father on the latest Ryan Reynolds film 'The Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard' where he is a second unit director and stunt co-ordinator.
The blockbuster also stars Samuel L Jackson, Morgan Freeman and Salma Hayek and is the sequel to the 2017 hit 'The Hitman's Bodyguard.'
Her father has previously worked on the James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall' and the 2006 Fast and Furious movie.