On a Georgia highway, a catastrophic car accident has claimed the lives of a celebrated movie stuntman and three of his children, with other family members left in critical condition.
Taraja Ramsess, age 41, who played a key role in high-profile Hollywood films such as “Avengers: Endgame” and “Black Panther,” perished in the accident.
The tragic event unfolded on the evening of Halloween, Tuesday, October 31, 2023. Ramsess was traveling with his children in a Ford F-150 pickup truck when it struck an immobile 18-wheeler. The larger vehicle had experienced a breakdown and was stationary on the exit ramp leading from Interstate 285 to Interstate 20 eastbound in DeKalb County.
In the devastating crash, Ramsess’ daughters, Sundari, aged 13, and Fugibo, just eight weeks old, lost their lives. His 10-year-old son Kisasi and a three-year-old daughter, whose name has been withheld, were thrown from the truck. Both children were rushed to a local hospital with serious injuries. Despite efforts to save him, Kisasi later succumbed to his injuries and was declared dead. The three-year-old daughter, Shazia, remains in a critical state.
Taraja Ramsess had established himself not just as a stuntman but also as an expert in set design. He was renowned for his work and dedication as a father. His career highlights include doubling for actor Richard Roundtree and enhancing the visual and action sequences of several blockbuster movies with his talent.
The news of the accident has prompted an outpouring of sorrow from Ramsess’ colleagues and friends, who speak of the immense loss felt by both the family and the broader artistic community. In the wake of this tragedy, the Ramsess family has requested privacy.
The loss of Taraja Ramsess and his children has resonated deeply within the stunt and film industry, marking a solemn moment of reflection on the risks faced by those who bring dynamic action scenes to life on the big screen.