Wipeout Gameshow Contestant Tragically Dies After Completing An Obstacle
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A contestant on the game show Wipeout died on Wednesday after completing an obstacle. The man, in his 30s, needed medical attention on the set of the reality show reboot and died after being taken to hospital.
The man was declared dead at a hospital shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, Los Angeles County coroner's spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said. The cause of death has not been released, and the man's name was being withheld until relatives could be notified.
Wipeout is an American television game show. It features contestants competing in (what was billed as) the "World's Largest" obstacle course which originally aired on ABC from June 24, 2008, to September 7, 2014. In 2020, it was announced that the show was being rebooted on TBS, with John Cena, Nicole Byer, and Camille Kostek as hosts.
According to spokespeople from TBS, the WarnerMedia-owned network that airs the series, and production company Endemol Shine North America, the contestant went into cardiac arrest following the obstacle course and passed away.
Two people close to the production said the man had completed the course on the show's set in Santa Clarita, California when he needed medical attention. He was helped by on-site medical staff until paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
The show had stopped production Thursday and Friday and has a planned week off next week, they said. Its contestants undergo a medical exam before competing.
A statement read:
"We are devastated to have learned of his passing and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family."
Endemol Shine released a statement saying:
“We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and our thoughts are with them at this time.”