Production on The Walking Dead has resumed after being shut down last week following the death of stuntman John Bernecker.
Bernecker fell approximately 7 metres off of a balcony onto a safety cushion but reports suggest he did not get “a good separation” from the balcony and attempted to abort the jump, which made him lose his grip and fall, missing the safety cushion by “just inches.”
He was airlifted to an Atlanta hospital and placed on a ventilator, which his family opted to turn off on Thursday.
AMC and series showrunner Scott Gimple released statements saying, “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.”
“Our production is heartbroken by the tragic loss of John Bernecker,” Gimple said. “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.”
Season 8 is due to return in October.