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Stuntman Johann Ofner killed on set of music video: grief-stricken partner pays tribute

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Gemma Strong
Gemma StrongOnline Digital News Director
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The heartbroken girlfriend of stuntman Johann Ofner has taken to Instagram to honour her partner following his tragic death on the set of a music video this week. Johann died from chest wounds when a prop gun loaded with blanks was fired during the final scene of a Bliss n Eso video, the hip hop group's management has confirmed.

The 28-year-old leaves behind by a seven-year-old daughter and partner Kati Garnett, who has publicly spoken of her heartbreak. "Today the love of my life was taken from me and I still can't believe it," Kati wrote on Monday, alongside a photo of the couple together.

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Johann Ofner's partner, Kati Garnett, has shared a heartbreaking tribute

"I don't know what I am going to do without you. The best people are always taken from us, you were a true Angel. I love you so so much forever and ever."

A friend, Joel Hurrey, told 7 News: "[Johann and his daughter] were just inseparable, you know. He loved her to absolute bits."

Members of Bliss n Eso have also paid tribute to the father-of-one, saying: "The three of us are extremely upset and shaken up by this and our hearts and prayers go out to the victim's family and friends, as well as the cast and crew."

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The 28-year-old was tragically killed on the set of a Bliss N Eso music video this week

It has been reported that a shotgun loaded with blanks, and not live ammunition, was fired about 1.5 metres away from Mr Ofner's chest. A ballistic investigation is now underway at the Brisbane video set to piece together what went wrong.

Acting superintendent Mick Dowie said police have interviewed the person who fired the prop gun, but said he had "no expertise" to comment on industry claims about the risks of firing weapons loaded with blanks at close range.

He concluded by saying that the sudden death investigation would mirror the steps taken in a homicide inquiry, with ballistics analysis and interviews likely to take more than a month before the police file their report with the coroner.