Stuntman John Bernecker has passed away, following a tragic and unexpected accident on the set of The Walking Dead‘s eighth season.
John Bernecker, a veteran stuntman in the industry, was taken to Atlanta Medical Center on Wednesday after he fell more than 20 feet onto a concrete floor. The incident happened on The Walking Dead’s set down in Georgia, and Bernecker was rushed to the hospital where he was being treated in the intensive care unit.
Bernecker was an accomplished stuntman, working on several films in the Atlanta area. Most recently, his work extended to Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage, Marvel’s Black Panther, and Escape Plan 2: Hades. There are over 90 stunt credits on Bernecker’s resume, spanning across an eight year career, according to his IMDb profile.
The injuries Bernecker suffered were said to be head injuries resulting from the fall.
AMC has temporarily halted production of The Walking Dead Season 8 in the aftermath of the tragedy, previously releasing a statement on the subject through 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, though the AMC series is headed to San Diego Comic Con next weekend, where it will likely be making some major announcements, in addition to releasing the first official trailer for Season 8.