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America’s Got Talent: Extreme stuntman ‘almost dies’ in horrific accident

  • October 15, 2021

America’s Got Talent stuntman almost dies after he fell 70 FEET during show rehearsal and was pinned between two cars that burst into flames in horrific skit gone wrong

  • Stuntman Jonathan Goodwin has been air-lifted to hospital 
  • Goodwin was performing a stunt on America’s Got Talent: Extreme in which he was suspended between to elevated cars when they crashed together with him in the middle
  • His condition ‘remains unclear’ according to a report  
  • Crew members on set reportedly thought Goodwin had been killed as a result of the fiery mishap, though he was responsive when rushed to the hospital 
  • The daredevil has appeared on the show before as a contestant   
  • A spokesperson for America’s Got Talent: Extreme confirmed Goodwin’s accident in a statement 
  • The stuntman competed on season 15 of America’s Got Talent last year 



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A daredevil stuntman on a new ‘extreme’ version of Simon Cowell’s America’s Got Talent has suffered a ‘horrific’ injury while rehearsing on set. 

Jonathan Goodwin was suspended 70 feet in the air hanging by his feet while in a straightjacket when the stunt went horribly wrong, TMZ reports.

While rehearsing for the show America’s Got Talent: Extreme, the 41-year old escapologist was meant to free himself and land on an air mattress, narrowly avoiding two suspended cars that were swinging on either side of him.

However, the report claims that the two cars ended up hitting each other causing them to burst into flames, with Goodwin pinned between them, though it is not clear if the fire was part of a planned pyrotechnic routine.  

Goodwin — who competed on season 15 of America’s Got Talent last year — is said to have been air-lifted to hospital where his condition remains unclear, according to the report. 

America’s Got Talent: Extreme stuntman Jonathan Goodwin ‘almost dies’ in horrific accident as he is ‘air-lifted to hospital where his condition remains unclear’ (Goodwin pictured in 2016) 

A spokesperson for America’s Got Talent: Extreme confirmed Goodwin’s injury to DailyMail.com.

‘During a rehearsal last evening for America’s Got Talent: Extreme, an accident occurred in which escape artist Jonathan Goodwin was injured while performing his act,’ they said.

 ‘He was responsive and was immediately taken to the hospital where he is continuing to receive medical care. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family as we await further updates on his condition.’

After he was smashed in the middle of the fiery explosion, Goodwin fell to the ground and reportedly hit his head during the impact.

The fall was so horrific that crew members on the America’s Got Talent: Extreme initially assumed he had been killed in the fall.

However, the stuntman was was conscious and responsive by the time that he was airlifted to a hospital for immediate treatment. 

Extreme edition: Daredevil stuntman Goodwin was filming a new ‘extreme’ version of the Simon Cowell talent show

Friend of the show: Jonathan Goodwin previously appeared on Britain’s Got Talent 

According to TMZ, Goodwin is currently being treated in a trauma unit, though his condition isn’t yet known.

Goodwin has performed similarly death-defying stunts on the show before.

In 2013, he wore a straightjacket and dangled from a blazing rope over the River Thames in London. 

He was suspended upside down from the London Eye and managed to escape, which was all part of his TV serires The Incredible Mr Goodwin. 

The performer has successfully completed other risky stunts in the past for AGT, and he’s also been featured on its sister series Britain’s Got Talent. 

Dangerous: Goodwin was suspended in the air in a straightjacket between two swinging cars, but they collided with him in the middle before he could free himself; seen on America’s Got Talent

Shocking: After he was smashed in the middle of the fiery explosion, Goodwin fell to the ground and reportedly hit his head during the impact, leading some crew to assume he was dead; still from The Illusionists in 2016

AGT’s Terry Crews also hosts the new Extreme version of the competition series, while Simon Cowell, pro wrestler Nikki Bella and stuntman Travis Pastrana are judges. 

Earlier this week, Goodwin sparked engagement rumors after he and his girlfriend, Sherlock star Amanda Abbington, went Instagram official after nine months of dating.

‘That was possibly the longest game of hide and seek ever…. #FoundYa ❤️ ,’ he sweetly captioned a photo of the two cuddling up.

The daredevil added a diamond ring emoji in his Instagram bio, leading fans to suspect he had popped the question to the 47-year-old actress, who was previously married to Black Panther’s Martin Freeman. 

Loved up: Earlier this week, Goodwin sparked engagement rumors after he and his girlfriend, Sherlock star Amanda Abbington, went Instagram official

Hints: The daredevil added a diamond ring emoji in his Instagram bio, leading fans to suspect he had popped the question to the 47-year-old actress

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