Walking Dead Update: Stuntman Dies Following On-Set Accident

Walking Dead Stuntman

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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