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:
Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl:
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan:
Austin Amelio, who plays Dwight:
Tom Payne, who plays Jesus:
Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie:
Here's Jordan Woods-Robinson, who plays Alexandria resident Eric:
Ann Mahoney, who played Olivia:
Production on The Walking Dead Season 8 has temporarily halted. There's no word yet on when it will resume.