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'Black Panther' & 'Avengers' Stuntman, Taraja Ramsess, Died With His Three Children in Car Crash


Taraja Ramsess diving in the Red Sea. Photo/Instagram @chop.saki
Taraja Ramsess, a talented Hollywood actor and stuntman for "Creed III," the "Black Panther" productions, "The Avengers," and "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" died in a car accident with three of his five children in Atlanta. He was 41. His vehicle reportedly collided with a tractor-trailer on Halloween, immediately killing him and two of his children, his 10-year-old son died from injuries days later. According to PEOPLE, two other children in the vehicle survived the crash and are in stable condition.

Taraj pictured in Black Panther behind actress Letitia Wright (R)

According to Entertainment Weekly, the actor's mother, Akili Ramsess, confirmed the deaths in an Instagram post mourning her son and his two daughters, Sundari and Fujibo, who were 13 years old and 8 weeks old, respectively. In a later post, she also confirmed the loss of his 10-year-old son, Kisasi. Taraja's mother regards him as special, stating, "All who knew and met him know how special Taraja was. He had a deep capacity for love and loved his children more than all. He loved his martial arts, motorcycles, and all things related to filmmaking. He has a very droll yet wicked sense of humor & yet could be as cornball corny as can be." Sundari, Sunny as she was called, also reflected that special light.


Taraja and his children. Photo/Instagram @eyeakili

Director Ava DuVernay was candid about her positive experiences with the father of five on Instagram, stating, "I remember one day on set, we didn't have enough Black background actors for a key scene. I had to recruit my crew members to be on-camera. Taraja was the first to say yes. Yes, I'll do my real job and then jump into this wild scene playing a tough guy with a gun for you. From there - everyone else said yes, too. He was that kind of person. A leader. A light. Taraja. His name is like music. We will continue to sing it. Bless his soul. Bless his memory. Bless his loved ones and the many comrades he leaves here as he journeys on."

Taraja on the set with Ava Duvernay.

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