The Walking Dead stuntman has reportedly died after falling 25 feet off a balcony. According to TMZ, the stunt-man was bleeding from his head and nose after the impact.
John Bernecker, a stuntman in the film industry, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center on Wednesday. The incident took place on The Walking Dead’s set in Georgia, and Bernecker was rushed to the hospital where he was being treated in the ICU.
Bernecker has worked on several major hit movies including Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage, Marvel’s Black Panther and Escape Plan 2. He has over 90 stunt credits, spanning over an eight-year career, according to his IMDB page.
AMC has temporarily halted production of The Walking Dead Season 8 after the incident. Also, AMC issued a statement on the subject to Deadline.
“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’s statement said. “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.”
There is no word yet on when filming will resume. However, the AMC series is headed to San Diego Comic Con next weekend, where it will likely make some major announcements about the next season, in addition to releasing the first official trailer for Season 8.