Beloved Film Crew Member and Daughters Killed in Tragic Crash: Ava DuVernay Pays Tribute
• Tragically, Taraja Ramsess, 41, and his two daughters were killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer on I-285/I-20 East intersection.
• Filmmaker Ava DuVernay paid tribute to Taraja for his integral part of the ARRAY crew family and for volunteering to be on camera without hesitation.
• Taraja was a beloved crew member and devoted father who worked as a stuntman in films like “Avengers” and “Black Panther”, which his eldest son admired greatly.
• An online fundraiser has been set up to support the Ramsess family during this difficult time and the Georgia Department of Transportation is conducting an investigation to improve safety at the intersection
On Halloween night in DeKalb County, a devastating accident took the lives of a father and his two young daughters. Taraja Ramsess, 41, and his 13-year-old and infant daughters were involved in a collision with a tractor-trailer on the I-285 exit ramp onto I-20 eastbound.
Renowned filmmaker Ava DuVernay took to Instagram to express her heartfelt condolences for Taraja’s family and commemorate his contributions to the film industry. DuVernay shared that Taraja was an integral part of the ARRAY crew family, having filled various positions in the industry throughout his career, from art department to camera person to stuntman.
DuVernay fondly recalled a time on set when they were short of black background actors, and Taraja volunteered himself to be on camera without hesitation. She described Taraja as a kind person, a leader, and a light and emphasized his impact on those around him.
Taraja Ramsess was not only a beloved crew member but also a devoted father. He was known for his work as a stuntman in blockbuster films like “Avengers” and “Black Panther.” His children held an immense admiration for him, with his eldest son even paying tribute to his father’s superhero roles in his school picture.
This tragic loss has left the Georgia film community and Taraja’s loved ones mourning. An online fundraiser has been established to support the Ramsess family during this difficult time.
The authorities are investigating the crash, and the Georgia Department of Transportation plans to implement an interchange project at the I-285/I-20 East intersection to enhance safety and traffic flow.