Production on season eight of the AMC zombie series “The Walking Dead” was halted after an incident in which a stuntman suffered life-threatening injuries in a fall on the set, The New York Post reports.
In a statement today, AMC said: “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.”
Deadline.com cites sources saying Bernecker suffered a serious head injury when he fell 30 feet onto a concrete floor.
Bernecker’s girlfriend, stuntwoman Jennifer Cocker, posted a message on Facebook saying: “John deserves to be seen by every neorusurgeon and doctor there is until one of them sees the life we all know he has in him and bring him back to us… THIS ISNT FAIR.”
The SAG-AFTRA guild was investigating the incident. In a statement, the guild said: “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.”