‘Walking Dead’ Stuntman Death: New Investigation Details Emerge

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How did a seemingly simple 22-foot fall lead to the death of stuntman John Bernecker? Authorities face hurdles and SAG-AFTRA demands answers: “It’s never a black and white thing.”
In the aftermath of the tragic death of 33-year-old stuntman John Bernecker — who died July 12 after plunging headfirst from a balcony on the Georgia set of The Walking Dead — questions abound about how a seemingly simple 22-foot fall (“the ABC of stunts,” in the words of one veteran stunt coordinator) could go so horribly wrong.

The case has now been assigned to Capt. John Kennedy, an officer within the Coweta (Georgia) County Sheriff’s Office, which, after initially being open about its investigation, has since refused to give materials to the media. A staff member there told THR on July 17 that the office had been instructed to “freeze” all provision of additional materials — no photographs, videos or new reports — per a state law protecting pending investigations.

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The Coweta probe will proceed in tandem with two others, led by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration and SAG-AFTRA, though the latter does not hire independent investigators.

‘Walking Dead’ Stuntman Death: New Investigation Details Emerge

How did a seemingly simple 22-foot fall lead to the death of stuntman John Bernecker? Authorities face hurdles and SAG-AFTRA demands answers: “It’s never a black and white thing.”

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