Stuntman from The Walking Dead dies after on-set fall
A stuntman on The Walking Dead has died from injuries suffered in a fall on the set of the hit television show, a coroner said.
Coweta County coroner Richard Hawk confirmed that 33-year-old John Bernecker died on Wednesday in a hospital in Atlanta.
Mr Bernecker fell earlier on Wednesday on the show's set in Senoia, about 35 miles south of Atlanta.
Mr Hawk said he died from blunt force trauma and his death is considered accidental.
The Walking Dead, the gory AMC show based on a comic series chronicling the lives of people fighting to survive a zombie apocalypse, is filming its eighth season.
It is the first on-set death in the US since an audio technician for the TV show Cops was killed during a shootout in Omaha, Nebraska, in August 2014.
Bryce Dion, 38, was killed while filming an attempted armed robbery at a fast-food restaurant when a stray bullet from an Omaha police officer slipped past his bulletproof vest.
Earlier that year, in February, Sarah Jones, 27, died when a freight train slammed into a film crew shooting Midnight Rider, a movie about the life of singer Gregg Allman.
The crash happened on a Georgia railroad bridge where the crew was filming actor William Hurt in a hospital bed placed on the tracks, although owner CSX Transportation had denied permission to production managers.
A lawsuit filed by Ms Jones's parents is being tried in Chatham County State Court in Savannah.
It says CSX shares equal blame with production managers who never told Ms Jones and other crew members they were trespassing. They say the railroad should have taken safety precautions to slow the train before the crash.
CSX lawyers have said any evidence that CSX failed to follow internal policies does not prove the railroad was negligent. They insist the full blame lies with the Midnight Rider production managers.
The film's director, Randall Miller, spent a year in jail after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing.
The film was never finished.