Walking Dead Stuntman

Walking Dead Update: Stuntman Dies Following On-Set Accident

The Walking Dead stuntman who was seriously injured on the show’s set earlier this week, prompting a halt in production, has died.

John Bernecker was rushed to an Atlanta hospital Wednesday after falling 20 feet onto a concrete floor and sustaining severe head injuries. He succumbed to his injuries late Thursday, Variety reports. He was 33.

In a statement, AMC said, “We are deeply saddened by this loss and our hearts and prayers are with John’s family, friends and colleagues during this extremely difficult time.”

Showrunner Scott  M. Gimple, meanwhile, said, “Our production is heartbroken by the tragic loss of John Bernecker. John’s work on The Walking Dead and dozens of other movies and shows will continue to entertain and excite audiences for generations. We are grateful for his contributions, and all of us send our condolences, love, and prayers to John’s family and friends.”

Bernecker was a veteran Hollywood stuntman, having worked on movies like Logan, The Fate of the Furious and the upcoming Black Panther, along with TV shows like The Vampire Diaries, Scream Queens and Into the Badlands.

Production on Walking Dead‘s current eighth season remains shut down.

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24 Comments
  1. Rachel says:

    Oh man that sucks. Prayers for his family
    :(

  2. Joey Padron says:

    Sad to hear. My thoughts and prayers with bus family. RIP.

  3. Brooklyngirl says:

    So very sad. Fate is ugly sometimes. May he rest in peace. Condolences to his family and friends.

  4. ndixit says:

    That’s truly awful. My condolences to his family.

  5. Jason says:

    So sad. It’s rare for something like this to happen, but it’s a testament to how dangerous the work these stunt men and women do. Unfortunately they always remain anonymous until there’s a tragedy.

    • thisismenow says:

      They remain anonymous and grossly underpaid for the danger. The average pay is $70,000 a year for risking your life.

      • Lisa says:

        Horrible tragedy but like all jobs, dangerous or not, you can quit. I bet he loved his job and would rather have not gone out any other way.

        • WayneInNYC says:

          I understand you point, but I’m betting he would have preferred “old age / natural causes” over this.

      • Aeol says:

        It’s worth noting that stuntpeople are required to be SAG/AFTRA members, so it’s not like there is no concern for safety standards or they are being paid below legal minimums. We could also argue that firefighters, military servicemen and women, police offficers, etc should be paid more than they are, but I think it’s disingenuous to imply that they’re not being paid a basic standard. This was a tragic accident, but this young man was doing what he loved and was praised for specializing in high falls in particular.

      • Shaun says:

        I imagine there are many dangerous jobs that pay less,like cops or firefighters or soldiers.

        • Many! It makes no sense that we pay baseball players 100 million a year to hit a ball with a wooden stick and then run and people who actually put their lives on the line every single day barely a living wage.

          • Big Mike says:

            It does make sense though. At least the part where athletes make the amount of money that they do.
            .
            MLB, NBA,NFL….those leagues generate billions of dollars – BILLIONS! – in revenue. The players should receive a large share of that, as it is their work which brings in the money. If they didn’t get it, it’d go straight into the owners pocket, making filthy rich people even more so.
            .
            Now I do agree that medical professionals, first responders, et al, deserve to be paid more than they are. But trying to equivalate that to professional sports is a poor argument.

  6. M says:

    Peace and comfort to his family and friends.

  7. Mike says:

    this is truly awful. I hope they honor him by naming a heroic future character after him

  8. George H. says:

    The Emmys and The Oscars really need to start recognizing stunt people. They are literally dying to bring us more excitement to TV shows and Movies and deserve the recognition. It’s really insulting to stunt people the committees haven’t been recognizing stunt people a long time ago.

  9. Christopher Smallwood says:

    Prayers to his family and friends

  10. TvLover says:

    This is very sad. Stunt men and women are such an underrated and amazing group in the film community. RIP John Bernecker.

  11. kmw says:

    So sorry to hear this. Praying for him and his family and everyone at Walking Dead.

  12. Lici Chalmers says:

    My prayers are with his family,this is so sad.

  13. Esther says:

    Sad to hear..RIP john.my thoughts and prayers are with your family..

  14. chadcronin says:

    Safety should always come first. I know stunt people are there so cast don’t get cut up or injured as not to hold up production but they shouldn’t be putting their lives at risk. Very upsetting to see this happen. My thoughts are with his family.

  15. MLO says:

    Heard his wife is trying to blame it on the ‘inexperience’ of the actor who plays Dwight. Seems right away she’s got $$$ in her eyes. The human condition sucks.