Update (July 17): Production is back underway for The Walking Dead following last week's tragic news that stuntman John Bernecker died after an onset accident.
AMC revealed in a statement that Bernecker's family decided he would be removed from life support following organ donation. The network added, "We are deeply saddened by this loss and our hearts and prayers are with John's family, friends and colleagues during this extremely difficult time." A slew of Walking Dead actors have shared tributes to the stuntman. Pollyanna McIntosh (who plays Jadis) shared a photo of Bernecker on her Instagram account on Sunday, July 16. "My heart goes out to you all and the rest of your set family and families who've known John and his art," she shared:
Read more about the accident below.
Original Story (July 14, 2017): The Walking Dead stuntman John Bernecker has died after an accident on the show's set in Georgia.
Variety reports that Bernecker fell more than 20 feet off a balcony onto a concrete floor which caused a serious head injury and required him to be transported to a nearby hospital by helicopter. Coweta County coroner Richard Hawk confirmed that Bernecker died at Atlanta Medical Center of "blunt force trauma due to his fall." Variety adds that he was reportedly placed on a ventilator after the accident, which was turned off on Thursday.
AMC announced that they've temporarily shut down production on the show's upcoming eighth season.
"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. "He was immediately transported to an Atlanta hospital and we have temporarily shut down production."
Bernecker worked on major Hollywood films like Logan, Olympus Has Fallen and several of The Hunger Games movies. He is also listed as having worked in upcoming flicks like Black Panther and Rampage.