‘The Walking Dead’ Stuntman John Bernecker Dies After Falling More Than 20 Feet Onto A Concrete Floor While Filming A Stunt For The Show
This is pretty heavy, folks. Production on The Walking Dead’s eighth season has temporarily been shutdown after stuntman John Bernecker died while filming a stunt for the show in Atlanta.
According to the reports from set, Bernecker fell more than 20 feet off a balcony onto a concrete floor. He suffered a serious head injury and was transported to a nearby hospital by helicopter. He was placed in the intensive care unit, but sadly doctors were not able to save him.
Before his death was announced, an AMC spokesperson released the following statement:
“We are saddened to report that John Bernecker, a talented stuntman for The Walking Dead and numerous other television shows and films, suffered serious injuries from a tragic accident on set. He was immediately transported to an Atlanta hospital and we have temporarily shut down production. We are keeping John and his family in our thoughts and prayers.”
Walking Dead star Lauren Cohan tweeted out…
Bernecker was a veteran stunt performer and fight choreographer. He worked on shows like 24: Legacy, Into the Badlands and Scream Queens. He also worked on The Hunger Games films, 22 Jump Street and The Fate of the Furious.
The cast and crew of The Walking Dead are scheduled to travel to San Diego Comic-Con next week to discuss the upcoming season of the show. We imagine it’s going to be a difficult time for them.
The eighth season of the show is scheduled to premiere on AMC in October.