Alexander AJ Jennings served as Chase Stokes’ double and stand-in actor in Outer Banks, but a tragic event means he won’t be in season 3.
Season 3 of Outer Banks is scheduled to premiere on February 23, 2023, with the return of its starring cast: Chase Stokes (John B), Madelyn Cline (Sarah), Madison Bailey (Kiara), Jonathan Daviss (Pope), and Rudy Pankow (JJ).
Carlacia Grant, who portrays Cleo, was promoted to series regular for season 3 of Outer Banks, while Andy McQueen, Fiona Palomo, and Lou Ferrigno Jr are the new additions.
One member who won’t be returning, unfortunately, is Alexander AJ Jennings, who worked as Stokes’ stand-in. What happened to the budding actor?
Alexander AJ Jennings’ death confirmed by Outer Banks casting company
Jennings, 22, passed away after he was struck in a hit-and-run accident on the morning of July 5, 2022. He was hit by two vehicles on Sol Legare Road in Charleston, South Carolina, jennings-chase-stokes-stand-in-hit-run-accident-1235058989/”>reports Deadline. Outer Banks was filming season 3 at the time.
Stewart Casting, which works on the Netflix series, confirmed AJ Jennings’ death one day later.
“AJ was a beautiful, kind soul, and a bright light every day on set,” they wrote. “I can not fathom the shock and tragedy of AJ’s sudden loss and our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”
The actor reportedly left a party on foot and was waiting for an Uber at 2:15 am when he was struck by an unidentified vehicle.
According to Charleston County Sheriff’s Office, he was struck by one vehicle, which fled the scene, and a second vehicle 13 minutes later. The latter, suspected to be a silver Honda Civic also fled, as per Deadline.
Jennings passed away in the hospital from his injuries.
A 22-year-old was charged in July with leaving the scene of an accident involving a death, reports Post And Courier. A magistrate judge found “probable cause” during a January 2023 trial that the male was the second driver who collided with Jennings, though the further developments are unknown.
There is no information on the first suspect.
Chase Stokes ‘shattered’ by Jennings’ devastating death
Chase, 30, reflected on his candid conversation with Jennings in an Instagram tribute, writing:
“Still trying to process why certain things happen, and why the world works in the ways that it does. My heart is shattered. Your life was just starting.”
He continued: “We JUST talked about how pumped you were about your tunes, how far you’d come with that ole 6 string, and your want to keep creating art. Always, always making others’ hearts warm and being so damn selfless. Fly high angel.”
Jennings was born August 3, 1998, and was adopted from a Russian orphanage at about age 3 by his mother LuJean Jennings, a cardiovascular surgeon.
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