Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner Recovering From Fire-Related Severe Smoke Injury

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Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner, Mayor Pro Tem of Malibu and a longtime Hollywood special effects operator and stuntman, suffered severe smoke inhalation when his home burned down in the Malibu fire.

“I’m leaving intensive care tonight,” he told Deadline in a hoarse whisper from his hospital bed at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. “My family is okay,” the Malibu councilmember  said in a barely audible voice, saying that he did not sustain any burns.

Wagner, a well-known local figure who’s operated Zuma Jay’s Surf Shop in Malibu for decades, is a pyrotechnic operator 1st Class and a member of IATSE Prop Local 44. His special effects credits include Danger One, 20th Century Women, and Firetrap. His stunt credits include L.A. Heat, Police Academy 3, and Inferno.

This article was printed from https://deadline.com/2018/11/jefferson-zuma-jay-wagner-recovering-from-severe-smoke-injury-1202499811/