John Bernecker
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John Bernecker, a stuntman for A&E’s hit show The Walking Dead, has died after an accident on set, reports TMZ.

He was performing a stunt for the show, where he was to fall 22 feet from a balcony, but instead of landing on the safety cushion below, he hit the concrete floor and suffered a serious head injury.

Bernecker was airlifted from the set to Atlanta Medical Center on Wednesday (July 12) and was placed on a ventilator. His brain had severely swelled from the fall.

His family and friends, including his girlfriend who is a stuntwoman on the show, surrounded him when the ventilator was turned off.

The cause of death was officially determined to be accidental blunt force trauma.

Bernecker was just 33 years old.