It’s been a tragic week in Australian music following the death of professional stuntman Johann Ofner on the set of a Bliss N Eso music video, but it’s heartening to see an outpouring of support from the community in an effort to aid the family he leaves behind.
At the time of writing, two separate crowdfunding campaigns have raised over $55,000, a mammoth effort from those shaken by the untimely passing. The precise cause of death is still unknown, but was related to the discharging of a firearm loaded with blanks on the set of the video.
One campaign, started yesterday by Kyle Gardiner, has amassed over $35,000 of its $50,000 goal in a single day, with the money to be placed in a trust for Ofner’s daughter Kyarna.
Gardiner describes the success the man know as ‘Yogi’ to his friends was finding in his stunt career, and urges people to support the cause here.
Meanwhile, another campaign by Johno MacNeil has raised over $21,000, and hopes to go some way towards relieving the burden on Ofner’s family.
Samaya Grace, the mother of Ofner’s daughter Kyarna, expressed her gratitude in heartfelt and hugely emotional messages to the supporters of both campaigns.
The band have expressed their devastation at Ofner’s death, and released all the details currently known about the incident, which is still being investigated. The band were not on set at the time of the incident.