The Walking Dead shows some of the most gruesome images ever put on TV. But it’s not supposed to have any real-life scares.
Sadly, the set was home to a real injury on Wednesday, when a stuntman reportedly fell roughly 30 feet onto a concrete floor. According to Deadline, John Bernecker was Medevaced to Atlanta Medical Center immediately.
AMC released the following statement on Thursday:
“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. He was immediately transported to an Atlanta hospital, and we have temporarily shut down production. We are keeping John and his family in our thoughts and prayers.”
The extent of the injuries has not been made public, but from all accounts it sounds life-threatening. Bernecker’s girlfriend, fellow stunt performer Jennifer Cocker, posted on Facebook:
SAG-AFTRA have also issued a public statement, saying they will be investigating to make sure safety standards were met:
“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. As always, the safety and security of our members and others on set is of crucial concern to us and we are focused on this in our investigation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the performer and his family.”
Bernecker is an experienced performer with credits including Get Out, Logan, and the upcoming Black Panther.
We wish him a full recovery.