John Bernecker's girlfriend calls for sets to be safer after stuntman's death

17th Jul 17 | Entertainment News

Tragic stuntman John Bernecker's partner has called for safer movie and TV sets following the death of the action man on Thursday (13Jul17).

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Bernecker reportedly slipped and fell from a balcony while rehearsing a stunt for TV zombie drama The Walking Dead with actor Austin Amelio on Wednesday (12Jul17) in Atlanta, Georgia - and his girlfriend, fellow stuntwoman Jennifer Cocker, has started pointing her finger at the cause of the fatal accident.

"Sets need to be safer," she told TMZ on Friday (14Jul17). "There has to be a prerequisite not to put a super professional stuntman with an inexperienced actor who doesn't know what he's doing."

Amelio, who plays Dwight on the show, reportedly told police after the accident that Bernecker told him he was nervous because he had never performed a stunt drop from so high.

The stuntman's death is currently under investigation by officials from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Labour, and acting union Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).

Amelio took to Twitter on Friday, to add to the tributes pouring in for Bernecker, and wrote: "I have no words. My heart is absolutely broken for John Bernecker. Please send prayers to his family and friends."

The actor's The Walking Dead co-stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, and Tom Payne also added tributes on Friday, as did Twilight actor Kellan Lutz, who tweeted: "#JohnBernecker was one of the best most talented stuntmen I have ever been blessed to work with. Praying for his family and loved ones."

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. So sad to lose him. He was so nice, so cool and great at his job."

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