Following the tragic death of The Walking Dead's stuntman John Bernecker, the Bernecker family has released a statement regarding his passing and their plans moving forward.
“The family of John Bernecker is heartbroken to confirm that John has passed away from injuries sustained earlier this week,” the statement reads. “Although devastated by their loss, John’s loved ones have ensured his legacy will live on, not only through the personal and professional contributions he made during his life, but also by their generous decision to allow John to save lives as an organ donor.”
The statement continues, “John will touch countless others as the family members, friends and communities of those who receive his organs will be forever impacted by the memories and milestones made possible thanks to a second chance at life. The family requests privacy during this time as they say goodbye to John.”
Bernecker passed away after a stunt went wrong during production of The Walking Dead's eighth season during a scene with Dwight actor Austin Amelio. The actor fell from a balcony on the Sanctuary set and missed his landing by "inches."
SAG-AFTRA also released a statement, in addition to launching an investigation of the safety on set of the AMC series.
“SAG-AFTRA offers its deepest condolences to the friends and family of John Bernecker, an accomplished stunt performer who passed away after a fall on the set of The Walking Dead in Georgia," SAG-AFTRA's statement reads. "This tragic and untimely loss of a member of the SAG-AFTRA family is heartbreaking, and our thoughts are with his loved ones and his friends and colleagues in the Georgia production community.”
“The safety of our members is paramount,” the statement continues. “We will work with the authorities and closely monitor their investigations into this tragic incident."
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