There’s been another tragic accident on the South African set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, this one taking the life of crew member Ricardo Cornelius. He was killed on Dec. 3, but reports are just now surfacing. None of the production or distribution companies involved has yet to make a public statement or express their condolences. The film, which has completed production, was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, who has also remained mum about it.
Reports out of South Africa indicate that Cornelius was standing near a Humvee that was parked on a rotating platform when it slid off and crushed him against a wall. Rushed to a hospital, he died a few hours later.
“Can’t imagine a life without you, not in this life or the next 10,” his wife of one year, Shafiefa Cornelius, wrote on her Facebook page as he lay dying in the hospital. “Hope you get well soon and that you will be home in no time.”
His death comes just two months after stuntwoman Olivia Jackson was nearly killed on the film when a motorcycle she was riding at high speed crashed into a piece of camera equipment, leaving her with major injuries to her face, head and left arm. After coming of a two-week medically induced coma, she now faces the amputation of her arm.
“My left arm is paralyzed and is going to have to be amputated,” she told the British newspaper The Sun. “My facial scarring is horrible and I wish I had my old face. But I’m truly grateful to be alive.”