The Latest: Labor officials investigating fatal fall on set



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ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the death of a stuntman on the Georgia set of "The Walking Dead" television show (all times local):

12:40 p.m.

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 (56 kilometers) 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.

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11 a.m.

A coroner says a stuntman for "The Walking Dead" has died from injuries suffered in a fall on the Georgia set of the hit television show.

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 (56 kilometers) south of Atlanta.

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

"The Walking Dead," the often-gory AMC show based on a comic series that chronicles the lives of 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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