John Bernecker died Wednesday evening at Atlanta Medical Center, Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk tells Variety. After falling more than 20 feet off a balcony and hitting his head on concrete, he was transported to the nearest hospital by helicopter and placed on a ventilator, but did not survive.
AMC announced yesterday that they have temporarily shut down production on the show's eighth season in the wake of the tragedy.
Bernecker was a veteran stunt performer and fight choreographer, whose film credits include "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Get Out," and "Logan," as well as Marvel's "Black Panther."
Lauren Cohan had previously tweeted out her hopes for Bernecker's recovery. After hearing of his death, other "Walking Dead" stars shared their condolences on Twitter, including Jordan Woods-Robinson, who plays Alexandria resident Eric, and Ann Mahoney, who played Olivia.
Can't stop thinking about John Bernecker. All of my love and hopes for solace goes out to his loved ones and our community.— JordanWoods-Robinson (@jwoodsrobinson) July 14, 2017
Among those paying their respects, Kellan Lutz, who worked with him on the 2015 Bruce Willis film "Extraction"; John Francis Daley, who worked with the stuntman on the upcoming "Game Night;" Bailey Chase, for whom Bernecker doubled on "24: Legacy;" and Samuel Roukin, who plays Lt. John Simcoe on "TURN: Washington's Spies."
John Bernecker doubled me this season for a spectacular stunt on Turn S4. He was a beautiful, positive, meticulous professional who made...— samuel roukin (@samuelroukin) July 14, 2017
...a career out of making other people look good. In the short time I knew him I was deeply impressed. I am so sad to hear he has passed...— samuel roukin (@samuelroukin) July 14, 2017
... and my thoughts are with his family at this awful time. R.I.P— samuel roukin (@samuelroukin) July 14, 2017
My deepest condolences go to the family and friends of stuntman John Bernecker. He was a kind person and an incredible talent.— John Francis Daley (@JohnFDaley) July 14, 2017
Our condolences to his family and to the entire "The Walking Dead" cast and crew.
#JohnBernecker was one of the best most talented stuntmen I have ever been blessed to work with. Praying for his family and loved ones! 🙏— Kellan Lutz (@kellanlutz) July 14, 2017