Investigations underway after veteran stuntman dies on 'Walking Dead' set

After a terrible accident on set, The Walking Dead is hitting the pause button on Season 8. John Bernecker fell more than 20 feet onto a concrete floor while working in Georgia, and is in intensive care.

ATLANTA - A stuntman who was seriously injured in an accident on the set of The Walking Dead Wednesday, has died. 

According to film industry journal Deadline, John Bernecker suffered head injuries when fell about 30 feet to a concrete floor. After the accident, Bernecker was transported to Atlanta Medical Center. Official word of his death came Friday morning.

Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk says Bernecker died from his injuries at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday. 

AMC, the producer of The Walking Dead, released a statement Thursday afternoon: 

“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. 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.”

The video below shows some of Bernecker's stunt work over the past year, much of it produced in metro Atlanta.



Two separate investigations -- one from SAG-AFTRA, and a second from OSHA -- have been launched into the accident. 

OSHA spokesman Mike D'Aquino told 11Alive's Chris Hopper that their investigation could take up to six months to complete, but would not elaborate, nor provide any additional comments on Friday. 

Bernecker was a veteran stuntman with many film and television credits in his background including recent local work in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, 24: Legacy, The War With Grandpa, The Fate of the Furious, Black Panther, Rampage, and Escape Plan 2: Hades

Condolences have started to pour in from others who have worked with Bernecker on The Walking Dead and other productions: 













The Walking Dead, now in its 8th season, films many episodes in Senoia, Ga., and other parts of metro Atlanta. There is no word as to when production will resume. 

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