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Two 'Walking Dead' Actors Died Within the Same Week
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16 Jul 2017 05:41 PM EST

-by Chanel Adams, Staff Writer; Image: The cast of The Walking Dead as of Season 7 (Image Source: AMC via Wikimedia Commons / Fair Use)

A stuntman for The Walking Dead died from injuries suffered during a fall on the Georgia set of the hit AMC series.

It is the first reported on-set death in the U.S. in the past three years.

According to Coweta County Corona Richard Hawk, John Bernecker, 33, died around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, at an Atlanta hospital. Bernecker fell on the show's set in Senoia, Georgia, about 35 miles south of Atlanta. Hawk said that Bernecker died from blunt force trauma as a result of the fall. His death is being treated as accidental, but there's an investigation into his fall and death.

AMC halted production of the show's eighth season in wake of the tragedy. Bernecker was shooting a scene in which he was supposed to fall off a 20-foot balcony onto a safety cushion below. He missed the cushion and hit the concrete ground instead, reports Variety.

Celebrities, along with his Walking Dead castmates, have taken to Twitter and other forms of social media to offer their condolences on the stunt actor and fight choreographer.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan on the show, wrote, "Deep sorrow today, and for every tomorrow. Love, respect, and condolences to johns family, and friends. He will be forever missed. [SIC]"

Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie Green on the series, said, "No words can express my sadness for John Benecker and his family. Thank you all for having them in your thoughts and prayers also."

Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead, posted a photo of Bernecker on Instagram along with the caption, "love and prayers to Johns family and friends today. You will be missed. [SIC]"

Tom Payne, who plays Paul "Jesus" Monroe, tweeted, "Thoughts with John Bernecker's family tonight. Who will continue to be a part of our family and have all the love and support we can give."

This is the second death related to The Walking Dead last week. Voice actor Randy Schell was killed in a skydiving accident at Skydive Spaceland Houston on Saturday, July 8. The company confirmed that two skydivers collided mid-air during a group skydive at the venue, reports Both skydivers were licensed and experienced, and have previously made one successful skydive trip earlier that day on Saturday.

"There are inherent dangers, as there are with anything in life. What happened to Randy and Dennis, the other gentleman he was involved in the collision with, was the equivalent of stepping off the curb and not seeing the bus coming. It was fate," said Chuck Akers, a friend and fellow skydiver.

Many may not recognize Schell's face, but his voice has been heard by millions of viewers who watch AMC. He was the voice for The Walking Dead and has done other voiceover work for Coca Cola, 20th Century Fox, Geico, McDonald's, and many others. Schell's deep voice was recognizable as it gravitated the viewers' attention.

"He was probably one of the most unfamous, famous guys on the planet, because everything he did was behind the scenes. You only had to hear his voice one time to know exactly who Randy Schell was," said Akers.

He was described as a great friend and coworker. He was "one of those guys you could always count on," according to Akers. He was "the golden voice" in Hollywood who was "professional" and "a great client."

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