LOS ANGELES – A competitor of “Wipeout” died after completing the obstacle course of the game, authorities and sources close to the production announced on Friday.
The 30-year-old man was pronounced dead in hospital shortly before 7pm on Wednesday, Los Angeles County Medical Examiner Sarah Ardalani said. The cause of death was not disclosed and the man’s name was withheld until relatives could be notified.
The reality show, in which contestants navigate an extreme obstacle with giant balls and traps that often lead to spectacular crashes, continued on ABC from 2008 to 201
Two people close to the production said the man completed the course on set in Santa Clarita, California, when he needed medical attention. He was assisted by on-site medical staff until paramedics arrived and took him to hospital. People spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak in public.
The show halted production on Thursday and Friday and has a week off planned for next week, they said. Competitors undergo a medical examination before competing.
“We are devastated that we learned of his death and our deepest sympathy goes to the family,” TBS said in a statement.
Endemol Shine issued a statement saying: “We extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and our thoughts are with them at the moment.”
TBS announced in April that the show would return, and said in September that its new hosts would be John Cena and Nicole Bayer. A prime minister’s date has not yet been set.
The death was first reported by TMZ.