The Walking Dead pay emotional tribute to stuntman John Bernecker

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Bernecker fell more than 20 feet onto a concrete floor.

The death was deemed an accident caused by blunt force trauma to the head, according to Coweta County Coroner Hank Richard.

After the accident, production was suspended on the eighth season of The Walking Dead.

In a short statement on The Walking Dead's official Twitter account, showrunners said they were deeply saddened by the loss of 33-year-old, adding: 'He will always be part of the TWD family'.

AMC said in a statement circulated among USA media outlets that it was temporarily shutting down production of the hit show, which is filmed in Georgia.

Actor/director Jordan Peele, meanwhile, who worked with the stuntman on his breakout movie hit Get Out, wrote: "Thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of John Bernecker".

Bernecker's work can be seen in films such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Logan, and the forthcoming Black Panther. AMC has confirmed that production on The Walking Dead has "temporarily shut down".

Earlier reports revealed the stuntman was immediately transported to Atlanta Medical Hospital after he suffered a fall while filming in Georgia.

The Walking Dead team have paid an emotional tribute to stuntman John Bernecker, who died on Thursday following a fall.

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.

"Although devastated by their loss, John's loved ones have ensured his legacy will live on, not only through the personal and professional contributions he made during his life, but also by their generous decision to allow John to save lives as an organ donor", his family said in a statement. "Please send prayers to his family and friends".

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