Labor Officials Investigating On-Set Death of ‘Walking Dead' Stuntman

A coroner confirmed that John Bernecker, 33, died from blunt force trauma and that the death is considered accidental

Federal labor officials are investigating the on-set fall that led to the death of a stuntman on the hit television show "The Walking Dead."

Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk confirmed Friday that 33-year-old John Bernecker died about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at an Atlanta hospital. Bernecker fell earlier Wednesday on the show's set in Senoia, about 35 miles south of Atlanta.

Hawk said Bernecker died from blunt force trauma and that his death is considered accidental.

Michael D'Aquino, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, says the agency has opened an investigation.

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

Phone and email messages left for AMC representatives were not immediately returned Friday.

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