Bernecker worked as a stunt performer and actor on dozens of productions that shot in the South, and colleagues from the The Walking Dead and other shows and movies took to social media and other platforms to share remembrances and condolences to Bernecker's family.
Showrunner Scott M. Gimple released a statement:
"Our production is heartbroken by the tragic loss of John Bernecker. John's work on The Walking Dead and dozens of other movies and shows will continue to entertain and excite audiences for generations. We are grateful for his contributions, and all of us send our condolences, love, and prayers to John's family and friends."
As did AMC:
"John Bernecker's family has decided that he will be removed from life support following organ donation. We are deeply saddened by this loss and our hearts and prayers are with John's family, friends and colleagues during this extremely difficult time."
Here's David Morrissey, who played the Governor:
Terrible news from the set of The Walking Dead. Deepest condolences to John Bernecker's family. My thoughts are with everyone down there.— David Morrissey (@davemorrissey64) July 14, 2017
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.— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) July 14, 2017
Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl:
❤️ love and prayers to Johns family and friends today. You will be missed. https://t.co/gTtkpRi22m— norman reedus (@wwwbigbaldhead) July 14, 2017
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan:
Deep sorrow today, and for every tomorrow. Love, respect, and condolences to johns family, and friends. He will be forever missed.— Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) July 14, 2017
Austin Amelio, who plays Dwight:
I have no words. My heart is absolutely broken for John Bernecker. Please send prayers to his family and friends.— Austin Amelio (@austin_amelio) July 14, 2017
Tom Payne, who plays Jesus:
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.— Tom Payne (@justanactor) July 14, 2017
Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie:
No words can express my sadness for John Bernecker and his family. Thank you all for having them in your thoughts and prayers also.— Lauren Cohan (@LaurenCohan) July 14, 2017
Here's Jordan Woods-Robinson, who plays Alexandria resident Eric:
Can't stop thinking about John Bernecker. All of my love and hopes for solace goes out to his loved ones and our community.— JordanWoods-Robinson (@jwoodsrobinson) July 14, 2017
Ann Mahoney, who played Olivia:
John Bernecker doubled me this season for a spectacular stunt on Turn S4. He was a beautiful, positive, meticulous professional who made...— samuel roukin (@samuelroukin) July 14, 2017
...a career out of making other people look good. In the short time I knew him I was deeply impressed. I am so sad to hear he has passed...— samuel roukin (@samuelroukin) July 14, 2017
... and my thoughts are with his family at this awful time. R.I.P— samuel roukin (@samuelroukin) July 14, 2017
#JohnBernecker was one of the best most talented stuntmen I have ever been blessed to work with. Praying for his family and loved ones! 🙏— Kellan Lutz (@kellanlutz) July 14, 2017
Production on The Walking Dead Season 8 has temporarily halted. There's no word yet on when it will resume.