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2017-07-14 10:13:02


The Walking Dead’ Stuntman John Bernecker Dies After On-Set Fall

John Bernecker, a stuntman on AMC's The Walking Dead, has died after sustaining serious injuries on the show’s set this week, multiple outlets confirmed. He was 33.

The Coweta County coroner told both Atlanta’s WSB-TV and Variety that Bernecker died on Wednesday night.

Bernecker suffered a severe head injury after falling more than 20 feet to a concrete floor, Deadline reported on Thursday, July 13. “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 told the site the same day. “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.”

Bernecker’s girlfriend, Jennifer Cocker, opened up about the accident on her Facebook page on Wednesday, July 12. "John deserves to be seen by every neurosurgeon and doctor there is until one of them sees the life we all know he has in him and bring him back to us,” she wrote. “THIS ISNT FAIR.”

SAG-AFTRA announced it was investigating the accident on Thursday. “We have been informed of a serious injury to a SAG-AFTRA member on the set of The Walking Dead and are investigating the situation,” said the union in a statement to Deadline. “As always, the safety and security of our members and others on set is of crucial concern to us and we are focused on this in our investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the performer and his family.”

Us Weekly has reached out to AMC for comment. 

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