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

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Bernecker suffered blunt force trauma to the head and was flown from the scene to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Hawk said. Very affected by the drama, Lauren Cohan who plays Maggie Green in the series has posted a message of support on Twitter, "Dear family of Walking Dead, please, think long and hard at John Bernecker our stuntman and his family in your prayers", she wrote.

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".

SAG-AFTRA and the Atlanta office of the Occupational safety and health Administration have launched investigations into the incident.

The network also revealed that the bereaved family has allowed the late member to save more lives as an organ donor.

"Our production is heartbroken by the tragic loss of John Bernecker".

"The Walking Dead", the often-gory AMC show based on a comic series that chronicles the lives of people fighting to survive a zombie apocalypse, is filming its eighth season.

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"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", AMC said Friday.

Bernecker, 33, performed stunts for dozens of other projects, according to his Internet Movie Database profile page including "The Fate of the Furious" and "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2".

Fans may have to wait a bit longer than usual for the next season of "The Walking Dead". AMC has confirmed that production on The Walking Dead has "temporarily shut down".

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