The upcoming Resident Evil film has already had its fair share of controversy after stuntwoman Olivia Jackson was involved in a horrific accident on set, but now things are even more serious after news of an on-set death has been released.
Despite the death happening on December 3rd, details are only now just emerging surrounding the death of 34-year-old Ricardo Cornelius, a crew member on the film's set in South Africa.
Deadline reports that Cornelius was standing near a prop Humvee vehicle, which was parked on a rotating platform, when it slid off the platform and crushed him against a wall. Cornelius was rushed to the hospital but sadly passed away just hours after the incident. Cornelius's wife, Shafiefa, revealed the extent of her husband's injuries to South African website IOL, saying:
“The doctors said his lungs were completely flat and he was bleeding a lot. He was unconscious and he was already on life support. I held his hand and I told him not to leave us because we need him and he is a strong man.”
Shafiefa is now trying to get answers from set officials regarding the circumstances of her husband's death, something which the widow says is proving difficult:
“No one can tell me what happened, I need closure. His colleagues who I spoke to blocked me on WhatsApp. None of the bosses have even contacted me to tell me what happened."
Meanwhile, production has apparently been completed on the film, which is the sixth installment in the Resident Evil franchise. The movie is set to be titled The Final Chapter, a name which now seems depressingly morbid given the circumstances.
Our thoughts are with Ricardo Cornelius's friends and family at this time.