The Walking Dead Showrunner, AMC Release Statements On Stuntman's Death

'Walking Dead' halts production after stuntman badly injured on set

'Walking Dead' halts production after stuntman badly injured on set

"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 company told American news organisation USA Today: "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".

According to Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk, Bernecker died of blunt force trauma experienced due to his fall.

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"The safety of our members is paramount".

AMC released a statement confirming that Bernecker's family had "decided that he will be removed from life support". "The family requests privacy during this time as they say goodbye to John".

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FOX, the network that oversees worldwide distribution of The Walking Dead, also responded to the tragedy.

Showrunner Scott Gimple said in a statement that the production team is "heartbroken".

It was reported earlier this week that John Bernecker, a stuntman who was working on the eighth season of The Walking Dead, died from injuries he sustained after falling 22 feet onto a concrete floor below him. "We are grateful for his contributions, and all of us send our condolences, love, and prayers to John's family and friends", Gimple said (via THR). He has also worked as an actor in several films, appearing in bit parts of "Logan", "The Last Witch Hunter", "Goosebumps", and an episode of season one of "True Detective".

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AMC said in a statement circulated among United States media outlets that it was temporarily shutting down production of the hit show, which is filmed in Georgia.

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