Walking Dead stuntman's family confirms death, reveals organ donation plans

'The Walking Dead' stuntman Jon Bernecker dead after on-set accident

'The Walking Dead' stuntman Jon Bernecker dead after on-set accident

Bernecker reportedly slipped and fell from a balcony while rehearsing a stunt for TV zombie drama The Walking Dead with actor Austin Amelio on Wednesday (12Jul17) in Atlanta, Georgia - and his girlfriend, fellow stuntwoman Jennifer Cocker, has started pointing her finger at the cause of the fatal accident. He was immediately rushed to Atlanta Medical Center where he received treatments in the hospital's intensive care unit, but he passed away due to blunt force trauma by 6:30 p.m. EDT of the same day.

His family released a statement confirming the stuntman's death following injuries sustained while filming Season 8 of the AMC series. This could mean that their respective characters Simon, Jadis, Enid, and Jadis will play a bigger part in the show's upcoming installments.

"John Bernecker's family has decided that he will be removed from life support following organ donation".

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"The Walking Dead" season 8 is meant to premiere in October.

An assistant director told police the stunt man missed a safety cushion "just by inches" and attempted to stop his fall "by grabbing onto the railing with both hands" right after he started it, TMZ reported Friday. "We are deeply saddened by this loss and our hearts and prayers are with John's family, friends and colleagues during this extremely hard time".

Actor/director Jordan Peele, meanwhile, who worked with the stuntman on his breakout movie hit Get Out, wrote: "Thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of John Bernecker". Ahead of the start of its seventh season a year ago, the show was among the top-rated series on television among adults 18-49, AMC had said. Bernecker's credits include "The Fate of the Furious", "Black Panther", "Escape Plan 2: Hades" and "Logan". "Please send prayers to his family and friends".

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