Experienced stuntman John Bernecker was injured in a “horrific accident” onset in Atlanta on Wednesday
Production on the eighth season of AMC’s hit show ‘The Walking Dead’ has been temporarily ground to a halt following the injury of expert stuntman John Bernecker.
Bernecker was gravely injured after he dropped 25 feet from a balcony, and was immediately evacuated to the Atlanta Medical Center. He is currently in the intensive care unit.
AMC issued a statement regarding the tragic accident, saying: “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.”
“He was immediately transported to an Atlanta hospital and we have temporarily shut down production. We are keeping John and his family in our thoughts and prayers.” The statement concluded.
Bernecker’s girlfriend took to Facebook after the accident, writing: “John deserves to be seen by every [neurosurgeon] and doctor there is until one of them sees the life we all know he has in him and bring him back to us… THIS ISN’T FAIR.”
Cast and crew of ‘The Walking Dead’ devastated after accident
The cast and crew of ‘The Walking Dead’ are all shaken by Bernecker’s violent accident.
Lauren Cohan, who plays the character of Maggie Rhee, tweeted on Thursday: “Dear Walking Dead Family, please keep John Bernecker, our stuntman and his family in your prayers today.”
Executive producer Gale Ann Hurd re-tweeted Cohan’s message, adding: “We are all praying for him, his family, friends and colleagues.”
Actors’ union SAF-AFTRA stated on Thursday: “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.”