‘Wipeout’ Contestant Dies After Finishing Obstacle Course

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A contestant on the reality competition show Wipeout has died, Variety reports. After he completed the show’s obstacle course, the Wipeout contestant, who is unnamed, required medical attention from on-site emergency personnel who then called in paramedics. The competitor was then taken to the hospital after going into cardiac arrest, and died on Wednesday.

“We are devastated to have learned of his passing and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family,” a TBS spokesperson told the outlet. A representative from Endemol Shine North America, the Wipeout production company, added, “We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and our thoughts are with them at this time.”

According to TMZ, which first broke the news, law enforcement received a cardiac arrest call around noon on Wednesday. At the time, on-set medics had begun using a defibrillator on the contestant, who had been experiencing chest pains. No additional information is known about the competitor at this time.

Wipeout has multiple safety protocols in place to keep its cast members safe. Before participating on Wipeout, each contestant must undergo and pass a medical exam. The show also keeps two paramedics on set, along with a safety producer and paramedic coordinator.

The show, which is currently on break for the Thanksgiving holiday, will resume filming “sometime after that hiatus,” according to Variety. Wipeout originally ran on ABC for six years, from 2008 through 2014, but the current series now in production is a reboot on TBS, which will be co-hosted by Nicole Byer and John Cena.

In 2009, while the series was still airing on ABC, another Wipeout competitor died. According to The Hollywood Reporter, 33-year-old Tom Sparks complained of knee pain while participating in an obstacle course. Sparks was hospitalized after competing on the show and died of a stroke two weeks later.

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