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‘Walking Dead’ stuntman killed in accident


  • By Sarah Fay Campbell
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  • Jul. 15, 2017 - 6:43 AM

‘Walking Dead’ stuntman killed in accident

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John Bernecker

Editor's note: This story has been updated. The original story follows. 

Stuntman John Bernecker was gravely injured Wednesday in an accident on the set of “The Walking Dead,” at Raleigh Studios Atlanta in Senoia.

He later succumbed to his injuries at Atlanta Medical Center, according to Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk. 

According to the call made to Coweta 911, Bernecker fell approximately 22 feet from a balcony onto concrete just after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the studio, located just outside the city limits on Chestlehurst Road. 

Bernecker has recently worked on the films “Get Out,” “The Fate of the Furious” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.” According to the Internet Movie Database, Bernecker worked on “Logan,” “Black Panther” and “Fantastic Four.”

Bernecker sustained a head injury and was minimally conscious during the 911 call, according to the caller. The caller told Coweta 911 that an on-site medic was asking that a helicopter ambulance be dispatched to the scene. 

Bernecker was taken by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center. 

Production on the current season of “The Walking Dead” has been temporarily halted, according to a statement by AMC, Deadline Hollywood reported. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with John, his family and friends and the entire ‘Walking Dead’ cast and crew,” said Scott Tigchelaar, president of Raleigh Studios Atlanta, said Thursday. 

“We are deeply grateful to all those who reacted swiftly, to those first responders who attended to John and to the doctors and staff at Atlanta Medical Center,” Tigchelaar said. 

Actor’s Union SAG-AFTRA also issued a statement, according to Deadline Hollywood. The statement said that SAG-AFTRA was investigating the incident. 

“As always, the safety and security of our members and others on set is of crucial concern to us and we are focused on this in our investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the performer and his family.” 

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Original story

A stuntman was critically injured at Raleigh Studios Atlanta in Senoia, on the set of “The Walking Dead,” Wednesday.

According to the call made to Coweta 911, the man fell approximately 22 feet from a balcony onto concrete just after 1 p.m. Wednesday at the studio, located just outside the city limits on Chestlehurst Road.

The victim was identified by Deadline Hollywood as John Bernecker, a stuntman who has recently worked on the films “Get Out,” “The Fate of the Furious” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2.” According to the Internet Movie Database, Bernecker worked on “Logan,” “Black Panther” and “Fantastic Four.”

Bernecker sustained a head injury and was minimally conscious during the 911 call, according to the caller. The caller told Coweta 911 that an onsite medic was asking that a helicopter ambulance be dispatched to the scene.

Bernecker was taken by helicopter to Atlanta Medical Center. Deadline Hollywood reported Thursday morning that Bernecker was being treated in the intensive care unit. Atlanta Medical Center no longer gives out patient information to the media, according to a hospital spokesman.

Production on season  of “The Walking Dead” has been temporarily halted, according to a statement by AMC, Deadline Hollywood reported.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with John, his family and friends and the entire Walking Dead cast and crew,” said Scott Tigchelaar, president of Raleigh Studios Atlanta.

“We are deeply grateful to all those who reacted swiftly, to those first responders who attended to John and to the doctors and staff at Atlanta Medical Center, in whose hands, by God’s grace, John’s condition now rests,” Tigchelaar said.

“This show has a uniquely bound cast, crew and international ‘family’ of fans and together we hope and pray that John is fully restored to us.”

Actor’s Union SAG-AFTRA also issued a statement, according to Deadline Hollywood. The statement said that SAG-AFTRA was investigating the incident. “As always, the safety and security of our members and others on set is of crucial concern to us and we are focused on this i our investigation. Our thoughts and prayer are with the performer and his family.”