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New Details — And Unanswered Questions — Emerge In Investigation Of The Walking Dead Stuntman's Death

Filed under: TV NewsLegal MattersR.I.P.Sad SadSafetyThe Walking Dead

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How does a routine fall lead to the death of an experienced stuntman?

That's what Georgia police are investigating after the tragic death of stunt performer John Bernecker, who died on July 12 after plummeting headfirst from a 22-foot balcony on the set of The Walking Dead.

Capt. John Kennedy has been assigned the case through the Coweta County Sheriff's Office, which has been instructed to "freeze" all provision of investigation materials to the media amid the probe.

Local law enforcement ran into trouble right after the incident. Officials failed to interview stunt coordinator Monty L. Simons on the scene as most crewmembers had been instructed to leave within minutes of the accident.

Photo: Ryan Phillippe In Hospital After 'Freak Accident'!

Responding officer Deputy Sheriff J.P. Traylor was also unable to interview TWD's first assistant director on the episode, the person who generally is responsible for set safety.

Instead, Traylor was able to speak with only two of those present: second assistant director Matthew Goodwin and actor Austin Amelio, who was also on the balcony during the fall.

Bernecker's girlfriend Jennifer Cocker, a fellow stunt performer, has questioned Amelio's presence on the balcony, noting it was the wrong move to "put a super professional stuntman with an inexperienced actor who doesn't know what he's doing."

But bigger issues are still being called into question, like why set photos show a balcony without any

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Ryan Phillippe In Hospital After A 'Freak Accident' — Oh No!

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Ouchie!

On Sunday, Ryan Phillippe took to Twitter and Instagram to reveal that he has badly broken his leg. Oh no!

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After simply writing, "this sucks" on Twitter, the A-lister added alongside the IG photo (above):

"I'm going to be ok & i appreciate your concern. -me"

However, once fans began speculating that he injured himself on the set of Shooter, Reese Witherspoon's ex got specific about how exactly he broke his leg.

On Monday, the industry vet clarified:

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Here's What AMC & A Walking Dead Producer Have To Say About Stuntman John Bernecker's Untimely Passing…

Filed under: TV NewsR.I.P.Sad SadInjuryThe Walking Dead

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Short and to the point.

On Friday evening, AMC and an executive producer for The Walking Dead, named Scott M. Gimple, commented on the tragic passing of stuntman John Bernecker. As we previously reported, Bernecker died on Wednesday after an accident occurred on the set of the Atlanta-based show. He was only 33 years old.

Photos: A History Of Film Set Deaths

In a recent statement, Gimple noted:

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The Walking Dead Cast Mourns Stuntman As His Girlfriend Blames Production And 'Inexperienced Actor' For Fatal Fall

Filed under: TV NewsR.I.P.Sad SadThe Walking Dead

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So heartbreaking.

All the tragedy on The Walking Dead is supposed to be ridiculous and post-apocalyptic, but this week it was all too real.

After the passing of stuntman John Bernecker, who was reportedly rehearsing a fall from a balcony and slipped, the cast of the Atlanta-based show has taken to social media to send their condolences (below).

Photos: A History Of Film Set Deaths

Meanwhile Bernecker's girlfriend, fellow stuntwoman Jennifer Cocker, has some very specific ideas about who's at fault. She told TMZ:

"Sets need to be safer. There has to be a prerequisite not to put a super professional stuntman with an inexperienced actor who doesn't know what he's doing."

The actor with whom Bernecker was working was Austin Amelio, who plays Dwight on the show. He reportedly told police afterward that Bernecker said he was nervous and had never done a drop from so high.

Currently both SAG-AFTRA and OSHA are investigating the accident.

Amelio took to Twitter this afternoon to write:

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When Movie Magic Turns Tragic — A History Of Film Set Deaths

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We were so sad to hear of the passing of stuntman John Bernecker after an accident on the set of The Walking Dead this week.

This got us curious as to what other film sets throughout the years had proved fatal to performers and crew.

Everyone knows Brandon Lee was shot and killed while filming The Crow, but do you know HOW the deadly accident happened? We didn't either.

Learn all about it and more tragic incidents from the history of cinema…

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