'America's Got Talent' Star Jonathan Goodwin Left Paralyzed After Stunt Went Horribly Wrong

Jonathan Goodwin has been left paralyzed after performing a stunt while filming America's Got Talent: Extreme in October last year.
credit: Charlie J Ercilla / Alamy.
According to a police report at the time, the performer was hospitalized on October 14 after he "was struck by two vehicles suspended in the air" and fell to the stage while rehearsing a stunt for the talent show.

The 42-year-old stuntman's fiancée, Sherlock star Amanda Abbington, 48, revealed on the Out to Lunch podcast that Goodwin is now paralyzed and adjusting to life in a wheelchair.

Per People, Abbington stated: "He fell 30 feet and lost a kidney, broke both shoulder blades, shattered both legs," Abbington said. "Third-degree burns, broke his spine and severed his spinal cord and nearly died. And then on the operating table, he nearly died again."

"He's paralyzed now, he's in a wheelchair," she added. "Unless there's a kind of stem cell surgery or that thing that Elon Musk is designing with the little chip, he'll be like that forever."

Goodwin, from Pembrokeshire, Wales, first appeared as a contestant on the 2019 season of Britain's Got Talent and then again on America's Got Talent the following year.

On Tuesday, he posted on Instagram a picture of himself in his wheelchair with his dog, and he jokingly referred to himself as a "roll model".

The former stuntman also added in his caption: "6 months ago I went to rehearse something and left this little hairy monkey waiting patiently for me…he didn’t see his dad again until just a couple of weeks ago and when he finally did, dad had new cool wheels.

"A lot has changed in the last 6 months, but love is a constant, and I’m very very loved. Looking forward to my next chapters and being a roll model."

His fiancée spoke about her partner's resilience over the last few months despite his life-changing injuries.
Goodwin performing in 2019. Credit: Charlie J Ercilla / Alamy
"His courage and his strength is something that I just aspire to be like," the actress said. "He's just incredible, honestly, like so happy, just like a very happy, positive human being, just liquid sunshine. He's amazing."

Goodwin posted a selfie with his bandaged hand and injured face days after the accident on October 20, 2021. He wrote in the caption that his life "took a complete left turn".

He also included: "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."

The self-proclaimed "daredevil" has also changed his Instagram bio to "'World's greatest theatrical stunt performer' now retired. Roll model & Writer".

We want to wish Goodwin and his family all the best for the future.

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