John Bernecker, a stuntman for AMC’s The Walking Dead, has died from his injuries suffered during an accident on Wednesday. He was just 33.
Authorities say Bernecker fell more than 20 feet and landed on concrete while attempting a stunt for the show.
John Bernecker Cause of Death
Bernecker died after plunging more than 20 feet and landing on concrete on Wednesday.
Bernecker was an experienced stuntman with a long list of movie credits. Friends applauded his know how and professionalism in the industry and said he enjoyed helping others with stunts.
“Very skilled, he knew his stuff because he helped me with camera angles where to hit and punch if the cameras were in a certain spot,” Janeshia Adams-Ginyard, a good friend and stuntwoman, said.
Many in the stunt community have been hit hard by this tragedy.
“People don’t think about the stunt guys until something like this happens, but there are a lot of risks with the job,” said stuntman Diego Ward.
Bernecker was rushed to Atlanta Medical Center where he was in intensive care. Friends said family and members of the stunt community were by his side.
“There’s a good showing of support, lots of close friends. It’s really sad right now, we’re all trying to process it. I’m trying to process it. It just doesn’t seem real,” said Adams-Ginyard.
Production on The Walking Dead has been halted as a result of the accident. It is unknown when it will resume.
The Walking Dead
Based on the comic book series written by Robert Kirkman, this gritty drama portrays life in the weeks and months following a zombie apocalypse. Led by police officer Rick Grimes, his family and a group of other survivors find themselves constantly on the move in search of a safe and secure home. But the pressure each day to stay alive sends many in the group to the deepest depths of human cruelty, and Rick discovers that the overwhelming fear of the survivors can be more deadly than the zombies walking among them.