New Mexico stunt man dies at age 35

Jay Torrez found dead outside his Valencia County home

Jay Torrez
Jay Torrez

LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) – He’s been set on fire and pushed it to the limits as a stunt man in a lot of big name movies. Authorities told KRQE News 13 New Mexico stunt man, Jay Torrez, was found dead outside of his Valencia County home this week.

According to his resume, Torrez is known for stunt work on Gamer, We’re the Millers, Sicario, and The Magnificent 7.

He doubled as Danny Trejo, being tossed around and drowning in Rob Zombie’s, ‘Halloween.’ Torrez has taken hits and shots as a stunt man in Hollywood.

“He was a go-getter,” Anthony Rosales told KRQE News 13.

Rosales, owner of Rosales’ Karate & Kickboxing Academy, said he used to train Torrez in kickboxing at his Los Lunas gym.

“So dedicated, so dedicated to his body and his way of thinking and training, and discipline,” Rosales went on.

It’s why Rosales and so many others are in shock after what happened this week.

Valencia County Sheriff’s deputies were called to Torrez’s home in Tome, south of Los Lunas late Sunday afternoon.

“We got a call of an unresponsive male down there on Highway 47, medical had been dispatched also,” Chief Deputy Gary Hall, of the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office, told KRQE News 13.

Hall said medics performed CPR, but 35-year-old Torrez was pronounced dead outside of his home.

Deputies said at this point there’s no suspicion of foul play, and that it’s possible that Torrez suffered a heat stroke.

“We’re working it as an unattended death waiting on results from OMI to give us any definite, you know whether it was heat stroke,” Hall explained.

Friends said Torrez loved working outside training his horses.

In his profession, he’s been set on fire. His resume includes a long list of stunt skills to include stage fighting, martial arts and kickboxing.

“He was an awesome kid,” said Rosales. “I offer my condolences. He’ll definitely be missed.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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