“The Daredevil,” a.k.a. Jonathan Goodwin was hospitalized from a stunt gone wrong during a performance on set this past Thursday.
The stuntman remains in the hospital after his escape act when horribly wrong at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he is filming an NBC show.
During a rehearsal for America’s Got Talent: Extreme, an accident occurred which left Goodwin injured while performing his act,” per a spokesperson for the show.
“He was responsive and was immediately taken to the hospital where he is continuing to receive medical care. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family as we await further updates on his condition,” the statement continues.
Goodwin, 40, was “suspended 70 feet in the air in a straitjacket hanging by his feet from a wire,” which two cars “suspended on either side of him swinging back and forth.”
The stunt reportedly involved Goodwin freeing himself in order to land on an air mattress below, but the Welsh performer was “sandwiched” in between the two cars after they smashed together.
The outlet reports he hit his head and was initially motionless.
TMZ has obtained footage of the moment the stunt got underway. It footage captured the exact moment Goodwin got sandwiched between two cars, which resulted in a massive fireball to explode. Goodwin was airlifted to the hospital in critical condition and had immediate surgery. While his current condition is unkown, it is confirmed that he was taken to a trauma unit.
Goodwin was supposed to fall underneath the cars before they collided, but the timing was off and as a result, he was crushed between them as they came together. A filming scheduled for Friday, Oct. 15, was canceled, according to a ticket website. The show was set to to wrap filming on Oct. 21.
Last year, Goodwin competed on season 15 of America’s Got Talent, making it to the semifinal round after performing four dangerous acts in front of judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Sofia Vergara. In addition, he was also a finalist on Britain’s Got Talent in 2019.
Goodwin’s accident comes just two weeks after NBC announced the show as “the most outrageous, unique and jaw-dropping acts of enormous scale and magnitude that simply cannot be confined to a theater stage.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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