The Walking Dead showrunner and AMC address stuntman's 'tragic' death

Ruben Ruiz
July 16, 2017

"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", AMC said in a statement obtained by Variety.

Bernecker, 33, died in hospital on Wednesday after falling 6.7 metres from a balcony head first onto concrete, according to The Hollywood Reporter, citing a county sheriff's report.

"We are deeply saddened by this loss and our hearts and prayers are with John's family, friends and colleagues during this extremely hard time", the network said in a statement. The coroner said he died of blunt force trauma.

"Our production is heartbroken by the tragic loss of John Bernecker", Gimple said.

"The safety of our members is paramount".

SAG-AFTRA is reportedly investigating the incident.

It appears that the donation will be made through the LifeLink Foundation-an organ-donor organization that operates in Florida, Puerto Rico, and Georgia, the place of Bernecker's death-as the network published the statement of confirmation on its official website.

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His family has requested privacy for the time being, according to the statement.

Lauren Cohan, also known as Maggie Greene, said there were "no words" to express her sadness on the death of the stuntman.

"The Walking Dead" showrunner Scott Gimple remembered Bernecker for his contributions in the industry.

John Bernecker, a stuntman on AMC's "The Walking Dead." has died from injuries suffered on the show's set in Georgia.

"We are grateful for his contributions, and all of us send our condolences, love, and prayers to John's family and friends".

Bernecker's IMDb page shows he has worked on several blockbuster movies, including "Logan" and "Fantastic Four".

After the accident, production was suspended on the eighth season of The Walking Dead.

Other reports by GizPress

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