"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", TV bosses at USA network AMC said in an official statement released on Thursday.
According to reports, Bernecker suffered a serious head injury as a result of the fall. He was quickly transported to a trauma center, where he is in intensive care. The caller did not say if they were shooting a scene at the time but AMC said it's temporarily shutting down production.
The full extent of the damage has yet to be detailed publicly, but a post on Facebook by Bernecker's girlfriend Jennifer Cocker - herself a stuntwoman - suggests that the injury could very well be life-threatening. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the performer and his family".
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"We have been informed of a serious injury to a SAG-AFTRA member on the set of The Walking Dead and are investigating the situation".
Bernecker is a veteran stuntman, having worked on a number of different productions including Black Panther, The Vampire Diaries, Scream Queens, and more. As for when TWD season 8 will resume production, one assumes it won't end up being too long from now, as it's doubtful AMC would be willing to delay the series' scheduled return.
The Walking Dead, now in its 8th season, films many episodes in Senoia, Ga., and other parts of metro Atlanta.