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America’s Got Talent daredevil shows face burns after escaping death falling 40ft in botched stunt

Professional daredevil Jonathan Goodwin has finally broken his silence after breaking multiple bones in both his legs, and suffered cuts and burns on his face when he plummeted 40 feet while performing a risky stunt featuring exploding cars during a rehearsal for America’s Got Talent: Extreme. 

The 41-year-old Welsh escapologist 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. 

‘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.’

‘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

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.’

He then listed out individual friends and family for all their love and support before thanking his fiancee Amanda.

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

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 

Goodwin explained: ‘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***. ‘

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. 

'The best thing that ever happened to me': He then listed out individual friends and family for all their love and support before thanking his fiancee Amanda

‘The best thing that ever happened to me’: He then listed out individual friends and family for all their love and support before thanking his fiancee Amanda

‘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

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 is an escape artist

Goodwin was supposed to free himself and fall onto an airbag underneath the vehicles before they collided

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

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

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

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, 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

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

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


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