Report: 'Walking Dead' stuntman fell head-first on concrete

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By: Associated Press
July 17, 2017

SENOIA, Ga. (AP) -- An assistant director told authorities a stuntman fatally injured during production of "The Walking Dead" fell head-first onto concrete about 22 feet below.

Coweta County coroner Richard Hawk said 33-year-old John Bernecker was pronounced dead at 6:30 p.m. on July 12. Hawk said Bernecker died from injuries suffered in the fall on the show's set in Senoia, Georgia.

A Coweta County Sheriff's Office report says assistant director Matthew Goodwin told deputies Bernecker intended to fall onto a pad. Goodwin said Bernecker appeared to try to stop the fall by grabbing a railing but fell onto the ground a few inches from the pad.

Actor Austin Amelio told authorities Bernecker said he'd never done a fall from that high and seemed "a little nervous."

By: Associated Press
July 14, 2017

ATLANTA (AP) -- Federal labor officials are investigating the on-set fall that led to the death of a stuntman on the hit television show "The Walking Dead".

Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk confirmed Friday that 33-year-old John Bernecker died at approximately 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at an Atlanta hospital.

Bernecker fell earlier Wednesday on the show's set in Senoia, about 35 miles south of Atlanta.

Hawk said Bernecker died from blunt force trauma and that his death is considered accidental.

Michael D'Aquino, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, says the agency has opened an investigation.

"The Walking Dead," the often-gory AMC show based on a comic series that chronicles the lives of people fighting to survive a zombie apocalypse, is filming its eighth season.

Phone and email messages left for AMC representatives were not immediately returned Friday.

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