A stunt man filming a practice jump was killed Sunday when he leaped 120 feet from the seventh floor of a downtown factory building and missed the center of an air bag intended to cushion his fall, Los Angeles fire officials said.
The stunt man, Brett Smrz, 26, of Calabasas, struck his head on the pavement when he jumped from the Mission Furniture Manufacturing Co. building at Industrial and Mateo streets about 9:15 a.m., Battalion Chief Tom McMaster said.
Massive Head Injuries
Smrz , a veteran stunt man who appeared in such moves as "V," "Turk 182" and "Rocky III," was taken by paramedics to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he died of massive head injuries at 10:04 a.m., hospital spokeswoman Adelaide de la Cerda said.
McMaster said Smrz, his twin brother, Brian Smrz--also a stunt man--and another brother, Greg, who served as a cameraman, were filming promotional shots to showcase their ability when the accident occurred. They did not have permission from the property owner or a city permit required to stage the stunt, McMaster said.