Friday, 21 July, 2017

Stuntman death brings 'Walking Dead' to a halt

A scene from the seventh season of AMC's A scene from the seventh season of AMC's"The Walking Dead
Nicole Thomas | 17 July, 2017, 12:14

Production on season eight of The Walking Dead has temporarily shut down in the wake of the accident, believed to be the first fatal accident related to a stunt in almost two decades.

His family released a statement confirming the stuntman's death following injuries sustained while filming Season 8 of the AMC series.

The AMC series took to Twitter on Saturday to pay tribute to John Bernecker, the stunt man who died after suffering injuries during a stunt for season eight.

"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 said in a statement after the accident.

SAG-AFTRA and the Atlanta office of the Occupational safety and health Administration have launched investigations into the incident.

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"This tragic and untimely loss of a member of the SAG-AFTRA family is heartbreaking, and our thoughts are with his loved ones and his friends and colleagues in the Georgia production community", it said.

The network also revealed that the bereaved family has allowed the late member to save more lives as an organ donor.

"The Walking Dead" showrunner Scott Gimple remembered Bernecker for his contributions in the industry.

Bernecker appeared as a stuntman in a number of television shows and films, including The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay parts 1 and 2, and Logan, according to Variety and his page on IMDb, a website that profiles television and movie workers. Their statement added, "We are deeply saddened by this loss and our hearts and prayers are with John's family, friends, and colleagues during this extremely hard time". As we previously reported, Bernecker died on Wednesday after an accident occurred on the set of the Atlanta-based show.

'Love, respect, and condolences to johns family, and friends.

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