John Bernecker, a stunt performer for the popular AMC television series “The Walking Dead,” died Friday after a fall on the show’s set in Georgia.
AMC spoke publicly about the incident on Saturday, saying the network is “deeply saddened” by Bernecker’s death.
“We are deeply saddened by this loss and our hearts and prayers are with John’s family, friends and colleagues during this extremely difficult time,” the network said in a statement.
The death was deemed an accident caused by blunt force trauma to the head, according to Coweta County Coroner Hank Richard.
A statement from SAG-AFTRA, a union that represents media workers, on Friday said Bernecker was an “accomplished” stuntman and called his death a “tragic and untimely loss.”
“The safety of our members is paramount. We will work with the authorities and closely monitor their investigations into this tragic incident,” SAG-AFTRA added.
LifeLink Foundation, a nonprofit organ donation network, said Bernecker’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.”
His family has requested privacy for the time being, according to the statement.
Actress Lauren Cohan, who portrays Maggie Rhee on “The Walking Dead,” said she had “no words” for her grief.
“No words can express my sadness for John Bernecker and his family. Thank you all for having them in your thoughts and prayers also.
Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon, posted a picture of Bernecker on Instagram, saying he “will be missed.”