WALK­ING DEAD FILM­ING RE­SUMES AF­TER MISHAP

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P ro­duc­tion on the eighth sea­son of the TV show The Walk­ing Dead has re­sumed. Film­ing was shut down last week fol­low­ing the death of stunt­man John Ber­necker (above). Ca­ble net­work AMC has con­firmed the news, re­ports va­ri­ety.com. Last Wed­nes­day, Ber­necker was film­ing a scene with se­ries reg­u­lar Austin Ame­lio. The scene called for him to fall ap­prox­i­mately 20 feet off a bal­cony onto a safety cush­ion. But as­sis­tant di­rec­tor Matthew Good­win told the Coweta County Sher­iff ’s of­fice that Ber­necker did not ap­pear to get “a good sepa­ra­tion” from the bal­cony and at­tempted to abort the jump by grab­bing onto the bal­cony with both hands, ac­cord­ing to the in­ci­dent re­port. His mo­men­tum caused Ber­necker to slam into the bot­tom of the bal­cony, which made him lose his grip and fall, miss­ing the safety cush­ion by “just inches”.

Ber­necker landed on his head and neck, and an on-site medic im­me­di­ately ren­dered aid. He was air­lifted to an At­lanta med­i­cal cen­tre and placed on a ven­ti­la­tor, which his fam­ily opted to turn off on Thurs­day. The Coweta County Coro­ner’s of­fice listed his of­fi­cial cause of death as blunt force trauma. Ber­necker was a vet­eran stunt per­former and fight chore­og­ra­pher. He had worked on films such as Olym­pus Has Fallen, The Hunger Games: Catch­ing Fire and The Hunger Games: Mock­ing­jay parts 1 and 2, and Lo­gan, among oth­ers. He is also listed as hav­ing worked on up­com­ing films like Marvel’s Black Pan­ther and Dwayne John­son’s Ram­page.

He also worked as an ac­tor in sev­eral films; this in­cluded a small part in Lo­gan, the X-Men spinoff.

Sev­eral Walk­ing Dead se­ries stars, in­clud­ing Lau­ren Co­han, Jef­frey Dean Mor­gan, and Nor­man Ree­dus, posted trib­utes to Ber­necker on­line, along with many oth­ers in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try with whom he had worked.

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