Ugh, this is super sad.
Scott Eastwood‘s former girlfriend Jewel Brangman lost her life due to complications from defective airbags that led to the biggest recall in U.S. automotive history…and the loss still affects him (as it might, anyone)
The Suicide Squad actor opened up about the death of one of his first loves in the September/October issue of GQ Australia, and while he didn’t give her name you can kinda put two and two together.
The story goes that on Sept. 7, 2014, Brangman was driving from San Diego to Los Angeles when she rear-ended a van. The incident caused her air bag to inflate with too much force and spew metal shrapnel, killing the gymnastics coach and model via a brain injury that ultimately led to her death. Brangman’s father filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Honda, the airbag manufacturer and the rental company of the vehicle she was driving, a 2001 Honda Civic.
Eastwood called the cause of her death “f—– up” when speaking about it in his interview with GQ Australia. “It was a fender bender, and there was a recall on airbags,” he explained. “Her airbag exploded. It shot a projectile through her body. It split her spine.”
As of April 2016, 11 people worldwide had been killed by the exploding airbag made by Takata, the AP reports. At the time of her death, Brangman was the eighth casualty. So sad.