According to the Associated Press and Reuters, the parents of stuntman Kun Liu have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the producers Nu Image and Millennium Films. Kun Liu was a stuntman killed while working on the action sequel The Expendables 2, which has a global release date of August 17, 2012.
Zong Yu Liu and Yan Mei Bai, his parents, have also named the action film’s stunt coordinator, Chad Stahelski, as a defendant. Lui’s parents are seeking unspecified damages of more than $25,000.
Kun Liu died in October 2011 while performing a stunt for the action sequel in Bulgaria. The stunt involved a rubber boat sequence in Ognyanovo dam, just outside the capital in the town of Elin Pelin. While Liu was performing this ultra-hazardous stunt, a nearby explosion went wrong and caused serious wounds to the young stuntman. The accident killed Liu and injured two others on the set. Kun Liu was a native of Beijing, China. He was only 26 years old at the time of the deadly accident.
The stuntman’s parents do not claim that the accident was intentional, but they are suing for their son’s funeral and burial expenses, along with loss of society, love, comfort, attention, services and support, and companionship. A claim for wrongful death is brought when negligence or misconduct allegedly causes a person’s death. Kun Liu died during a supervised shooting of The Expendables 2 where there should have been precautions to prevent injury. Liu’s parents claim the filmmakers and stunt coordinator “negligently and carelessly failed to provide adequate protection to the participants of the stunts.” The actual circumstances of how the accident occurred will be a key part of the case.
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