Production on the upcoming eighth season of the hit AMC series The Walking Dead has been temporarily put on hold due to a stuntman suffering a life-threatening injury in an on-set fall.
According to the trade’s sources, stuntman John Bernecker sustained a serious head injury after falling 30 feet to a concrete floor. It is unclear at this time when production on the series will resume.
AMC released an official statement regarding the accident and Bernecker’s status:
“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.”
Bernecker’s girlfriend, Jennifer Cocker posted on Facebook about Bernecker’s injury:
The Walking Dead stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Lennie James, Sonequa Martin-Green, Alanna Masterson, Christian Serratos, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Austin Nichols, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Tom Payne, Austin Amelio, Xander Berkeley, Pollyanna McIntosh, Steven Ogg, and Katelyn Nacon.
The Walking Dead Season 8 returns this October on AMC.