• Stuntman Taraja Ramsess and 3 of his children killed in car crash on Halloween night
• Ramsess worked on movies like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame
• Filmmaker Ava DuVernay reflected on Ramsess’ impact and shared memories of him working on set
Here is what happened:
Stuntman Taraja Ramsess and three of his children tragically lost their lives in a car crash on Halloween night in Atlanta. The 41-year-old, who had worked on popular films such as Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, was involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer that also claimed the lives of his two daughters, Sundari and 8-week-old Fujibo, and his son Kisasi, who was placed on life support but succumbed to his injuries. Luckily, two of Ramsess’ grandchildren survived the accident, although 3-year-old Shazia remains hospitalized with minor injuries after being ejected from the vehicle.
Akili Ramsess, Taraja’s mother, expressed her grief and shared heartfelt memories of her son and granddaughters following the devastating accident. She described Taraja as a loving, talented man who adored his children and had a deep capacity for love, as well as a great sense of humor. Describing her granddaughters, she said that Sundari was a funny and lively child who loved to dance, and she expressed disbelief at their sudden passing while remaining hopeful for the recovery of her remaining grandchild.
Following Taraja Ramsess’ passing, filmmaker Ava DuVernay paid tribute to him, remembering him as a regal and noble presence on set. She recalled a time when he selflessly stepped in as a background actor when there was a shortage on the set of a film, highlighting his generous and supportive nature. DuVernay described him as a leader and a light, and expressed her gratitude for the impact he had made in his lifetime.