“The Walking Dead” Stuntman John Bernecker Dies After Fall

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By Shari Weiss |

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John Bernecker, “The Walking Dead” stuntman who fell off a balcony on the show’s set this week, has died. He was 33.

Bernecker was at the hit AMC show’s studio in Georgia when the tragic incident occurred. It’s unclear if cameras were rolling or what caused the fall, but the professional stunt artist tumbled 25 feet to the ground, which was reportedly made of concrete. He was bleeding from his head and nose when he landed, and, according to a 911 call, was barely conscious.

Bernecker was quickly airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center, where it was determined he was in grave condition. He was put on a ventilator, and medical tests showed significant swelling in his brain. On Thursday, his family made the decision to remove him from life support, and he died that night. By Bernecker’s side was his girlfriend, Jennifer Cocker, who also works on “The Walking Dead” as a stuntwoman.

Bernecker’s other credits, according to IMDB, include such high-profile films as the upcoming Black Panther, as well as two of this year’s hit movies, The Fate Of The Furious and Logan. Additional projects include The Hunger Games franchise and 22 Jump Street. Bernecker also worked on a variety of television programs, from “The Vampire Diaries” to “K.C. Undercover.” Additionally, he also performed stunts this year on an episode of the new TNT series “Claws.”

Following the accident, production on “The Walking Dead” was shut down. It is unclear when shooting will resume, but many cast members are expected to be at Comic-Con next week. The beloved zombie drama is currently in the midst of filming its eighth season. SAG-AFTRA, the union that represents actors and stunt performers, has launched an investigation into the accident. Bernecker was a member of the organization. Gossip Cop extends our condolences to his friends, family and colleagues.

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