'X-Men' Stuntman Trevor Habberstad Dies at 27 After Cancer Battle

"His skill, commitment to safety and work ethic was second to none," director Bryan Singer wrote.
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Trevor Habberstad (left) with brother Shane on the set of 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

Trevor Habberstad, a stuntman and stunt coordinator who worked on X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: Apocalypse, died Sunday after a battle with cancer. He was 27.

X-Men director Bryan Singer remembered Habberstad as a dedicated professional.

"Trevor was a #stuntcoordinator in his own right and would have gone on to become one of the greats. His skill, commitment to safety and work ethic was second to none. In my 20-year career, I have never lost a friend/colleague this way. He and his entire family are among the kindest people I have ever met. My heart goes out to them. His passing is the very definition of the word UNFAIR," Singer wrote on Instagram.

Habberstad was in Hawaii with his family after completing a film when he complained of stomach pains. Doctors initially thought he had appendicitis but later diagnosed him with gastric cancer, his father, second-unit director and stunt-unit coordinator Jeff Habberstad, told KHTS. The family was optimistic about his prognosis until about a week and a half ago, when doctors told them that the cancer had spread to Habberstad's brain.

Habberstad grew up in the Sand Canyon area of California's Santa Clarita Valley, where he observed his father Jeff's career in the entertainment business. Jeff has worked on films since the 1980s and was the stunt coordinator on Days of Future Past and Apocalypse and a second-unit director on films such as Doctor Strange.

Trevor's younger brother, Shane, is a stunt performer who doubled for Tye Sheridan's Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse. 

"My biggest fear in life would be to outlive my child. That nightmare has happened," Jeff wrote on Instagram. "I spent over 8 months watching my first-born son Trevor fight this horrible rare disease. He never complained once, never said 'why me', never gave up, never lost hope, never considered losing as an option. But that disease was relentless. Every time he would start to make a gain, it would change direction and punch him in the gut. And he would get back up and lead the new charge. I am so proud. I don’t know how I can live without him, work without him, play without him. I miss him so much."

Trevor's many stunt credits include Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and Passengers. He also had a brief cameo in Days of Future Past, appearing in the final scene, when Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is pulled from the water.

“Throughout their childhoods, all our kids have worked around films,” Habberstad's father told KHTS, adding that Trevor had to promise to complete high school and go to college before joining the business. 

 

My biggest fear in life would be to outlive my child. That nightmare has happened. I spent over 8 months watching my first-born son Trevor fight this horrible rare disease. He never complained once, never said “why me”, never gave up, never lost hope, never considered losing as an option. But that disease was relentless. Every time he would start to make a gain, it would change direction and punch him in the gut. And he would get back up and lead the new charge. I am so proud. I don’t know how I can live without him, work without him, play without him. I miss him so much.

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#Stuntman #TREVORHABBERSTAD (left), Son of #JeffHabberstad, my stunt cordinator over the last two #XMen films, and older brother of #ShaneHabberstad (right), passed away recently from a rare and aggressive form of cancer at the young age of 27. Trevor was a #stuntcoordinator in his own right, and would have gone on to become one of the greats. His skill, commitment to safety, and work ethic was second to none. In my 20 year career I have never lost a friend/colleague this way. He and his entire family are among the kindest people I have ever met. My heart goes out to them. His passing is the very definition of the word UNFAIR. Trevor appears in a small cameo in #Xmendaysoffuturepast when #Wolverine is being pulled from the water. But his work is EVERYWHERE throughout every film he has done.

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