The Walking Dead: Jury awards $8.6m to family after stuntman’s death

Jury awards $8.6m to family after stuntman’s death

A US jury has awarded $8.6m (£6.6m) to the family of a late stuntman who died following an accident while filming an episode of TV series The Walking Dead.

John Bernecker, 33, died in hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, two days after falling onto a concrete floor in 2017.

His family sued AMC Networks, which makes the zombie drama, and several other parties involved in the show.

The jury in Georgia awarded civil damages to the family, but decided that AMC Networks was not negligent.

Walking Dead stuntman dies in fall

Susan and Hagen Bernecker had accused AMC of cutting corners and ignoring its own safety protocols.

During a six-day trial, the jury were shown a frame-by-frame breakdown of a video of the accident, which occurred while Bernecker was playing a scene in which he was supposed to fall over a railing and off a balcony, landing on a pad around 21ft (6.5m) below.

Lawyers for defendants AMC and production company Stalwart Films argued his death was an unforeseen accident, which happened after he missed the pad.

Richard Haruna

Richard Haruna

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