Family Of Outer Banks Stand-In Who Has Passed Away Says The Cast Was Supportive, But There’s A Way Everyone Can Help
In a tragic turn of real events, a hit-and-run claimed the life of a crew member from one of Netflix’s most harrowing TV shows, External banks, the 5 of July. His name was Alexander “AJ” Jennings, and he was 22 at the time of his death. Jennings had worked as a stand-in for Chase Stokes, the lead actor who plays John B’s character on the show. Stokes spoke about the accident which claimed his friend’s life, saying he was “broken” and “still trying to figure out” why it had to happen in the first place. More recently, Jennings’ family shared that the cast has been very supportive in the aftermath of the tragedy, but there’s a way for everyone to help make an even bigger difference in their perspective.
External banks, which follows the still-complicated teenage conflicts of a group of offshore North Carolina friends, was just renewed by Netflix for a third season last December. From what we know so far about Season 3, the cast has been filming in Charleston, South Carolina for a few months, including AJ Jennings until his untimely death. Speaking to TMZ, his mother LuJean Jennings noted that the cast and crew have generously offered to cover the cost of her son’s funeral arrangements.
It is certainly a sweet gesture on their part. However, AJ Jennings’ mother told the outlet that a better way for fans and others to honor the stuntman’s memory would be to donate to the International Federation of Red Cross and Human Rights Societies. Red Croissant.
Obviously, the late artist was born in Russia and adopted by his family at just 18 months old. They say he found the invasion of Russia and the ongoing conflict with Ukraine very upsetting, so any donations to the organization in his name go to a cause close to his heart. The funds would be used to provide supplies and basic necessities to Ukrainian refugees who are currently fleeing their country.
Other celebrities have also pleaded for donations in recent months as the Russian-Ukrainian conflict continues to rock the region. Ukraine-born Mila Kunis and her husband Ashton Kutcher have already helped raise over $30 million through a homemade GoFundMe campaign. Meanwhile, the old The Real Housewives of New York Star Bethenny Frankel shared that her nonprofit raised more than $100 million for Ukraine in the latest update, per Ellen’s show.
It’s a good cause, and one that would bring much-needed positivity after the shocking accident. AJ Jennings was reportedly hit by two cars while walking along the highway between Charleston’s James Island and Folly Beach. Both vehicles fled after the impact, leaving the young man at the scene. As of this writing, the crime is currently being investigated by the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, according to their press release, but no suspects have been located or arrested.
Although AJ Jennings is now gone, he is clearly not forgotten by his family, friends and the rest of the community. External banks cast. Fans who wish to honor his life in the way his family deems best can go to www.ifrc.org/donate or www.icrc.org/en/donate/ukraine to donate. We at CinemaBlend offer our condolences at this time.