UPDATE: Canadian rapper dies while wing walking on a plane in North Okanagan

Jon James McMurray is seen in this undated handout photo. Calgary-born rapper Jon James McMurray died Saturday after a failed stunt involving rapping while walking on the wing of a plane.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Ryan Desrochers

WESTWOLD - An American musician was killed this weekend after falling while wing walking on a plane in the North Okanagan.

Rapper Jon James McMurray, 34, has been identified as the person killed in the incident near Westwold. His management team says in a statement McMurray fell to his death while performing a stunt that included rapping while walking on the wing of a plane.

McMurray was pronounced dead in a field at a private property in the 5100 block of Highway 97, northwest of Vernon. Police and paramedics were called to the incident just before 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, Vernon RCMP say in a media release.

The team says as McMurray got further onto the wing of the plane, it caused the small Cessna to go into a downward spiral that the pilot couldn't correct. It says McMurray held onto the wing until it was too late and he didn't have time to pull his chute. He was filming a project he had been working on for months and that included intensively training for the stunt.

McMurray was born in Calgary and was an accredited professional skier who began pursuing a music career after suffering injuries.

B.C. Coroners Service spokeswoman Barb McLintock says the investigation into his death is still in its preliminary stages.

Westwold, B.C.

— With files from The Canadian Press

— This story was updated at 11:59 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 to add identify the victim in the incident.

— This story was updated at 12:47 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 to add information from the B.C. Coroners Service.

— This story was corrected at 4:20 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. A previous version based on information provided by the RCMP, said he was American.


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