NEW YORK – Days after racer and TV personality Jessi Combs tragically died to break a speed record, the director and producer of her latest film project comments on her death.
Thomas Smugala, who worked with the 39-year-old on the upcoming film "Interviewing Monsters and Bigfoot," talked to Fox News about what Comb's "shocking death" means and what it means for the upcoming movie.
"This was her first feature film," Smugala said. "We're dedicated to the movie Jessi, she was a good friend and a wonderful person and we're going to put her on posters and covers before the movie is released."
"Everyone told me not to use a reality show celebrity for the movie, but I knew she would handle it well," Smugala said. "I mean, all she had to do was engage in a lot of dialogue while she was being persecuted by law, and Jessi and I agreed it would be best to shoot her while she was actually driving from Cape Girardeau, Missouri police, we've closed the streets and done it Jessi has taken the opportunity as I imagined. "
According to Smugala, Combs also dedicated time to giving young girls on the set" motivational lectures " to give.
] "Everyone loved her on set, the police, the crew, the caterer – she took the time to talk to everyone," he recalled. "She was the kindest and [most] most uplifting person in the world, she was wild, she gave, she was faithful, she will be missed by all."
Combs died when they attempted to break their own speed record on Tuesday in Oregon. The 39-year-old tried, according to Autoblog, to reach 619 miles per hour.
In addition to being a racing driver, Combs also co-hosted "The List", along with stations on "Overhaulin", "Extreme 4×4" and "All Girls Garage" part-time presenter on Mythbusters ".
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In a statement by Autoblog, her family said, "It is with the utmost mourning and celebration of their lives When her family and close friends shared this racer and TV personality Jessi Combs, she died in a fatal accident when she set a speed record in the North American eagle in August 27, 2019 on a dry lake bed in Oregon. "
"Jessi was known for her radiant smile, her positive attitude and her persistent quest for the fulfillment of her dreams," it continues. "Her drive was contagious and she served as a role model for young girls and women around the world. People who loved and followed her became family members, all connected by adventure and passion. Her fans worshiped her and she inspired her. Jessi's most notable dream was to become the fastest woman in the world, a dream she had been following since 2012. Combs was one of those rare dreamer with the courage to put these possibilities into reality, and she let this earth go faster than any other woman in history.
Terry Madden, Combs' partner, honored her on social media.
"I have never loved so much or been loved by someone like this amazing woman @thejessicombs, she really was my unicorn, and I have all enjoyed single minute that I had with her. She was the most amazing spirit I've ever seen or will ever experience, "he wrote.
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Your accident is under investigation by the authorities.
On Wednesday, Lt. Brian Needham of the Sheriff's Office of Harney County said authorities are trying to rescue laptops aboard the jet car (a race) car with a jet engine). The computers aboard Combs' vehicle, the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger, may contain additional keys for investigators.
"They are waiting for the team to restore the information [engine and systems] stored on the on-board computers," Needham told the New York Post.
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The law enforcement officer also said that "there was a fire," but it was not discussed further.
"Interviewing Monster and Bigfoot" Premiere on September 13 Michael Hollan, Janine Puhak and The Associated Press have contributed to this report.