True Blood stuntwoman dies after crash – Lauren Bowles joins True Blood

A stuntwoman who had worked on shows such as True Blood and CSI has died after a motorcycle crash. April Stirton was riding her motorcycle west on US Highway 101 on Tuesday morning when she attempted to pass a tow-truck, The AP reports. She was going about 55 mph when she lost control, fell off her bike and was struck by the back wheels of the tow-truck.

The former acrobat died at the scene and there were no other injuries reported.

On a happier note, Merlotte’s is adding yet another wackadoodle to its payroll: Lauren Bowles has been cast in the major recurring role of Holly, an oddly prescient single mom who gets hired as a waitress at Sam’s watering hole. Look for Bowles, whose credits include Watching Ellie, Seinfeld, and The New Adventures of Old Christine (she’s the half-sister of Julia Louis-Dreyfus), to debut midway through True Blood’s upcoming third season and possibly return as a series regular in season 4.

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