‘Wipeout’ Contestant Dies After Completing Obstacle Course
A male "wipeout" candidate died after completing the TBS competition's obstacle course after a cardiac arrest, a production-related person told TheWrap. For data protection reasons, we currently have no additional information on the age or identity of the man.
The participant needed medical attention after completing and exiting the obstacle course in the late morning hours on Wednesday, the production insider said. The participant was initially looked after by emergency specialists on site. Then paramedics were called and the man was taken to a local hospital.
The show's talent, like hosts John Cena and Nicole Byer and "Host in the Field" Camille Kostek, was not on set at the time of the incident.
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The restarted show, which is in the middle of season one, has paused production for Thursday and Friday this week.
"Wipeout" had a pre-scheduled vacation break next week, which will last a few days in the week after Thanksgiving. The show then plans to go back into production.
"Wipeout" has two paramedics and two permanent doctors at all times, as well as a safety producer and a paramedic coordinator, said the production insider. All participants will undergo a medical examination before they are approved for participation.
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"We are devastated to learn of his death and our deepest condolences go out to the family," a TBS spokesman said in a statement to TheWrap.
"We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and our thoughts are with them at this time," producer Endemol Shine North America said in a separate statement.
Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Shyam Balsé are executive producers. Matt Kunitz, creator of the original "Wipeout," is executive producer and showrunner.
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The original "Wipeout" was broadcast on ABC from 2008 to 2014. The TBS version has an order of 20 episodes.
If you're unfamiliar, here is the official series description for the TBS restart: “The revamped series will include new twists and elements that will take the athletic, approach and determination of the contestants to even greater extremes while delivering some wildly epic results Failures! Each game consists of three rounds, with each round offering a breathtaking, multi-level obstacle course with numerous strategy and decision points, which are intended to further challenge the stamina of the participants and deliver even more funny and surprising erasures! And of course the icon of the show - the big balls! - return with all their might. "
TMZ first reported the participant's death.
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