The Walking Dead resumes filming after stuntman's death

2017-07-18 09:26

Senoia– Filming for the eighth season of The Walking Dead has resumed following the death of a series stuntman. 

According to Variety AMC has confirmed that the production is back on track. 

John Bernecker died after falling on the Georgia set of the hit television show. It's the first on-set death in the U.S. in nearly three years.

Bernecker, 33, died on Wednesday at an Atlanta hospital after falling on the show's set in Senoia, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of Atlanta.

An assistant director told authorities that Bernecker fell head-and neck-first onto concrete about 22 feet (7m) below.

A Coweta County Sheriff's Office report says assistant director Matthew Goodwin said Bernecker intended to fall onto a pad. Goodwin said Bernecker appeared to try to stop the fall by grabbing a railing but fell onto the ground a few inches from the pad.

Actor Austin Amelio told authorities Bernecker said he'd never done a fall from that high and seemed "a little nervous."

AMC and Scott Gimple released a statement to express their condolences to the family saying the production is heartbroken by the tragic loss. 

"John’s work on The Walking Dead and dozens of other movies and shows will continue to entertain and excite audiences for generations. We are grateful for his contributions, and all of us send our condolences, love, and prayers to John’s family and friends," said Gimple. 

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