‘Walk­ing Dead’ panel called off for stunt­man’s fu­neral

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

BEV­ERLY HILLS, Calif. — The AMC chan­nel says a pro­duc­ers’ panel dis­cus­sion for “The Walk­ing Dead’’ is off be­cause it con­flicts with the fu­neral for a stunt­man killed in an on-set fall. In a state­ment Thurs­day, AMC said some of the five pro­duc­ers sched­uled to ap­pear on the week­end panel will be at­tend­ing ser­vices for 33-year-old stunt­man John Ber­necker. Au­thor­i­ties in Ge­or­gia said that Ber­necker died July 12 af­ter fall­ing head-first onto con­crete in­stead of on pad­ding meant to cush­ion his roughly 22-foot (seven me­tre) fall from a bal­cony. The ac­ci­dent oc­curred on the show’s set south of At­lanta. The dis­cus­sion, planned for to­day with the Tele­vi­sion Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion, was to mark the up­com­ing eighth sea­son of the zom­bie apoca­lypse drama.

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