Ryan Shepard, who worked as the rap artist’s stunt double as well as alternate for years, died on Jan. 31 after he was struck by a truck, according to the Kennewick Police Division in Washington. He was 40.
The fatal occurrence occurred near a T-shaped intersection, where Shepard tipped onto the roadway and was struck by a vehicle heading southbound, per a cops news shared on Facebook. Shepard was moved to a local healthcare facility, where he died from his injuries.
Authorities stated the driver of the vehicle continued to be at the scene and also was not impaired at the time of the collision. An examination is recurring.
Back in the early aughts, Shepard functioned as Eminem’s body double in several manufacturings, including in D12’s video for “Purple Hills” and as the emcee’s superhero alter ego Rap Kid at his 2002 MTV Film Awards efficiency. Shepard also worked as a feat double on the North American, European as well as Japanese legs of Eminem’s Temper Management Tour.
Following his period as the star’s apparition, Shepard pursued an occupation in design, according to his LinkedIn. He worked for Walt Disney Imagineering as both a flight and show designer for several years prior to making the change to SpaceX, where he was a test automation designer. His resume likewise consisted of jobs at animatronics firms Romaire Studios and Garner Holt Productions.
Per TMZ, Shepard is made it through by his two kids: a 7-year-old as well as an 11-year-old.
His passing came 4 days before Eminem’s child, Hailie Jade, got involved to longtime partner Evan McClintock.