He fell 40ft after being struck by two exploding cars simultaneously during a rehearsal for America’s Got Talent: Extreme.
But that somehow was only the second most significant fall in professional daredevil Jonathan Goodwin’s life.
The 41-year-old Welsh escapologist recently confirmed his engagement to Sherlock actress Amanda Abbington after weeks of sparking engagement rumors.
He revealed the happy news with the star – who shares two children with Sherlock co-star and ex Martin Freeman – in an Instagram post on Wednesday as he updated fans on his condition.
‘I have been to the very brink’: Professional daredevil Jonathan Goodwin has finally broken his silence on Instagram Wednesday after breaking multiple bones in both his legs, and suffered cuts and burns on his face
He wrote: ‘Then most importantly my fiancé and the best thing to ever happen to me, Amanda.
‘I have been to the very brink and dodged the worst that a human being can, without fear…because I was protected by love. Love is all you need, so make sure you get some, cos its good s***. ‘
There have been rumors that the two had been engaged for weeks after Jonathan added an engagement ring to his bio earlier this month, suggesting he had popped the question.
Amanda shared her first picture with Jonathan last week, posting a throwback from a recent romantic getaway that she captioned: ‘When in Vienna, you hang out at the graveyards. What of it.’
Could it be? There have been rumors that the two had been engaged for weeks after Jonathan added an engagement ring to his bio earlier this month, suggesting he had popped the question
Cute couple: Amanda shared her first picture with Jonathan last week, posting a throwback that she captioned: ‘When in Vienna, you hang out at the graveyards. What of it’
Sweet: Her post came after Jonathan shared his first picture of the pair, penning: ‘That was possibly the longest game of hide and seek ever….❤️’ Amanda then commented: ‘I love you’
Her post came after Jonathan shared his first picture of the pair earlier in the month, penning: ‘That was possibly the longest game of hide and seek ever….❤️’
Amanda then commented: ‘I love you. ❤️’
The Safe actress also confirmed her romance to The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden, gushing: ‘Jonathan sets fire to himself and catches bullets for a living, but is also grown up, sensitive, and considerate. I’m completely besotted.’
The rumors come just nine months after Amanda revealed she had split from The Queen’s Gambit actor Jonjo O’Neill after four years.
The 47year-old actress shares two children with Sherlock co-star and ex Martin Freeman, as the family are seen together in London back in November 2009
Signature role: Amanda is known for playing Mary Morstan in Sherlock from 2014 to 2017
The TV star started dating Irishman Jonjo, 42, after she split from actor Martin, 50, in 2016 after 16 years together.
Amanda, known for playing Mary Morstan in Sherlock from 2014 to 2017, and Jonjo took the step of moving in together in her Hertfordshire home during the pandemic last year.
Amanda and Jonjo first began dating in November 2016 – nine months after she secretly split from The Office star Martin.
The actress recently discussed her break up from Martin as she expressed fears that they had given their two children ‘irreparable damage’ after their split.
Case of the ex: The rumours come just nine months after Amanda revealed she had split from The Queen’s Gambit actor Jonjo O’Neill after four years (pictured in September 2019)
The couple share son Joe, 15, and daughter Grace, 12.
On Wednesday, Goodwin had updated fans by posting a silly selfie while laying out in a hospital bed on Tuesday morning.
Burns could be seen all over his face as his right hand was completely bandaged in the funny snap which was accompanied by a lengthy caption which read: ‘You can’t say you don’t get out what you put in.
‘A couple of days ago my life took a complete left turn’: On Wednesday, Goodwin had updated fans by posting a silly selfie while laying out in a hospital bed on Tuesday morning
‘Ive tried my hardest over the years to be kind, thoughtful, honest supportive and good. A couple of days ago my life took a complete left turn… and the out pouring of love from all the corners of the world; from people I didn’t even think would know or remember me… has just been astonishing. Truly incredible.’
Goodwin went on to acknowledge the thousands who have sent their well wishes,
He continued: ‘I will have a lot to say on that matter and the benefits of being kind in the future.. but thank you.
‘Thank you to everyone who has reached out and sent their love and support. It literally has been a lifesaver. There are a few people who should not remain nameless.’
Harrowing: The 41-year-old escapologist plummeted 40 feet while performing a risky stunt featuring exploding cars during a rehearsal for America’s Got Talent : Extreme and as part of the stunt, Goodwin was suspended in midair between two hanging cars
He then referenced his silly pose in the selfie before reflecting on his road to recovery.
Goodwin concluded his lengthy message by writing: ‘To death I say nananana boo boo… and to the rest of you… watch this space.
‘There is a long road to recovery and that won’t look like what it did…I may leave the daft s*** alone for a while, but I have a lot left to do in this world. Maybe we can make something good together?’
The near-fatal mishap took place in Atlanta last Thursday, but the extent of Goodwin’s injuries only emerged on Monday, when TMZ obtained an incident report from the police.
According to the document, despite suffering severe injuries in the fall, Goodwin, 41, remained conscious and alert, and responding paramedics noted that he had good vital signs.
Goodwin was airlifted to a hospital and underwent surgery. A spokesperson for America’s Got Talent: Extreme said in a statement that the injured stuntman is continuing to receive medical care, but he did not comment on his condition as of Monday afternoon.
Stuntman Goodwin suffered multiple broken bones in both his legs, cuts and burns all over his face after falling during an America’s Got Talent: Extreme rehearsal
Goodwin, an escape artist, was supposed to free himself and fall onto an airbag underneath the vehicles before they collided
Goodwin miscalculated the timing and ended up being crushed between the cars
The crash set off an explosion, and Goodwin fell 40 feet and hit his head
An on-scene media call 911 to report that Goodwin landed on the head
NBC has temporarily suspended production of the reality TV competition.
‘Our thoughts and prayers remain with Jonathan Goodwin and his family as he continues to recover from his accident on Thursday,’ the spokesperson stated. ‘In order to focus on the wellbeing of our crew, we will be temporarily pausing production on America’s Got Talent: Extreme and will resume the last few days of filming at a later date.
Goodwin was airlifted to the hospital and underwent surgery
‘The health and safety of our cast and crew continue to be our priority.’
Goodwin’s botched stunt was caught on video at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Thursday night.
The recording begins with the Welsh escape artist suspended in midair as two cars are seen coming together.
The stunt was supposed to see Goodwin free himself and fall underneath the vehicles before they collided.
But he miscalculated his timing and ended up being crushed between the two hanging cars, which then exploded in a huge fireball.
Goodwin fell 40 feet to the ground and hit his head.
A recording of a frantic 911 was published by The US Sun on Friday, in which a medic at the scene said: ‘We are at the Atlanta Motor Speedway at the America’s Got Talent filming location. We had a man suspended from a cable with cars that were supposed to slam into each other, and he didn’t drop in time and they slammed into him.
‘He’s about a 40-year-old white male. He fell about 40 feet. He missed the airbag and landed on his head.’
The accident took place just days after Goodwin sparked engagement rumors by adding a ring emoji to his Instagram bio, after being outed on social media as British actress Amanda Abbington’s new boyfriend.
Goodwin, pictured above performing a stunt with Jello, remains in the hospital
Goodwin is a familiar face to fans of America’s Got Talent, where he has performed a string of scary stunts
Abbington has confirmed her romance to The Daily Mail’s Richard Eden, gushing: ‘Jonathan sets fire to himself and catches bullets for a living, but is also grown up, sensitive, and considerate. I’m completely besotted.’
Abbington, 47, who shares two children with her Sherlock co-star and ex-husband Martin Freeman, has not publicly commented on Goodwin’s condition as of Monday.
According to her most recent Instagram posts, the loved-up couple spent about a week in Vienna before Abbington returned home to London.
Goodwin is a familiar face to fans of America’s Got Talent, where he has performed a string of scary stunts over the years.
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 series The Incredible Mr Goodwin.
In early October, Goodwin and Sherlock star Amanda Abbington went Instagram official
The performer has also successfully completed other risky stunts in the past for the the flagship AGT series and has also been featured on its sister series in the UK, Britain’s Got Talent.
During his Season 15 performance, Simon Cowell and his fellow judges Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Sofía Vergara kept Goodwin in the competition through the semifinals.
His most dramatic stunt for AGT involved Godwin covering himself in flammable liquid and shackling himself up while put his head in a box so that he couldn’t see.
He had to escape from the restraints in less than 20 seconds after he was set on fire.
Goodwin successfully completed the stunt, which set several of the judges on edge, despite it being the first time he had ever attempted the death-defying act.
In contrast to his fiery stunts, Goodwin went underwater for the BBC special How Not to Become Shark Bait, in which he demonstrated by allowing a Caribbean reef shark to attack him.
AGT’s Terry Crews also hosts the new Extreme version of the competition series, while Cowell, pro wrestler Nikki Bella and stuntman Travis Pastrana are judges.
Contestants on the new series are vying for a $500,000 prize, but NBC has yet to announce a premiere date.
California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health is now looking into Goodwin’s accident.
Prior to the failed stunt, NBC promoted Goodwin’s episode by saying it featured ‘the most outrageous, unique and jaw-dropping acts of enormous scale and magnitude that simply cannot be confined to a theater stage,’ according to People.