Professional film stunt performer John Bernecker has died, following an accident on the set of AMC's "The Walking Dead", during the shooting of Season 8 in Atlanta, Georgia:
"...Bernecker was filming a scene with series regular Austin Amelio that required him to fall approximately 22 feet off of a balcony onto a safety cushion below. But Bernecker landed on his head and neck on the concrete, missing the cushion by 'just inches' according to assistant director Matthew Goodwin. Bernecker was airlifted to an Atlanta medical center, where he was placed on a ventilator. His family opted to turn the ventilator off. The Coweta County Coroner’s office listed his official cause of death as blunt force trauma.The 'Coweta County Sheriff’s Office', 'OSHA' and 'SAG-AFTRA' are currently investigating the incident..."
Bernecker recently worked on Dwayne Johnson's "Rampage" and "Marvel's Black Panther, with over 90 film stunt credits.
"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," said AMC.