Yesterday it was revealed that production on The Walking Dead Season 8 had been halted following an unfortunate on-set accident. Stunt performer John Bernecker received a head injury while rehearsing a scene, he later succumbed to his injuries.
Bernecker's death was confirmed to Deadline by Coweta County Coroner, Richard Hawk. It is thought to be the first stunt-related death in America in over 17 years. The incident occurred when Bernecker and another actor were rehearsing a fight scene that was supposed to end with a controlled fall from a balcony, unfortunately Bernecker lost his footing and fell onto a concrete floor. The young stunt performer was pronounced brain-dead at the hospital, and life support was later switched off.
Following the news of Bernecker's death there has been an outpouring of love and support for his friends and family on social media, including members of The Walking Dead family.
Lauren Cohan (Maggie Rhee) thanked fans for praying for Bernecker and his family while also expressing her grief:
Norman Reedus also leant his support to Bernecker's nearest and dearest:
Tara a.k.a Alanna Masterson rejoined Twitter to share this message of support:
Austin Amelio, the man behind The Walking Dead's Dwight had this to say:
Jordan Woods-Robinson, who plays Eric in The Walking Dead sent his love and hopes for solace to Bernecker's family and friends:
Major Dodson, the young actor who played Sam Anderson in Season 5 and 6 of #TheWalkingDead also tweeted support:
Ann Mahoney, who played Olivia sent messages of peace for his family:
Despite only starting out in the stunt industry around 2009, Bernecker has a number of impressive credits to his name. His IMDB page lists him as having worked on over 90 projects, including films such as Fantastic Four, Logan, Get Out, The Fate of the Furious and the upcoming MCU film Black Panther.
The Walking Dead Season 8 returns to AMC in October