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Fast & Furious stuntman injured on set thanks well-wishers as he leaves intensive care

Fast & Furious stuntman injured on set thanks well-wishers as he leaves intensive care

Joe Watts has been moved out of intensive care (Picture: IMDB/Getty)

A Fast & Furious stuntman left injured on the set of Fast & Furious 9 has been moved out of intensive care.

Joe Watts family released a statement in which he said he was overwhelmed by the support and thanked well-wishers for their love.

The 31-year-old sustained a serious head injury on the film set at the Warner Bros Studios in Leavesden, Hertfordshire two-and-a-half weeks ago, and was airlifted to hospital.

He remains in hospital and has a long road ahead of him, but doctors have said they are pleased with his recovery so far.

Joe Watts stuntman

Joe Watts was placed in an induced coma (Picture: Instagram)

A statement from Watts, his partner Tilly Powell and their families said: We would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes since Joes accident whilst filming Fast & Furious 9.

We have been overwhelmed by the incredible support from friends, family and the stunt community, as well as the Fast & Furious 9 cast, crew and Universal Pictures.

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While Joe remains in hospital and there is still a long road ahead, he has been moved out of the ICU and doctors are pleased with his progress.

Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson)

The first F&F spin-off was released this month (Picture: Universal)

They added: Wed especially like to send an enormous thank you to the air ambulance crew, all the fantastic doctors, nurses and staff at the Royal London Hospital who have provided amazing care to Joe.

Producers halted work on the latest instalment of the long-running film series following the on-set incident, as police and paramedics were called to the scene.

Watts, who acted as a stunt double on the set of the Fast & Furious 9 but was not the double of actor Vin Diesel, has previously worked on a number of high-profile productions including Games Of Thrones, Johnny English Strikes Again, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

Most recently, Watts appeared in the Tom Holland-starring Spider Man: Far From Home.

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A Universal Pictures spokesman said: Universal Pictures and the filmmakers, talent and crew of Fast & Furious 9 are heartened that Joe is on the road to recovery with the support of his loved ones.

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Joe is a professional in every sense of the word and his commitment to his craft is inspiring to all of us. We know hell continue to inspire us throughout his recovery.

Everyone in the Fast family sends our heartfelt wishes and we will continue to support Joe and his family however we can.

Dwayne Johnson (L) and Jason Statham

Jason Statham told of his concern for the selfless stunt performer (Picture: Getty)

Following Watts injury, Jason Statham – who has appeared in a number of the Fast & Furious films – told of his concern for the selfless stunt performer.

Statham, who currently stars in spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, said at the films premiere last month:

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