Los Angeles – A contestant on “Wipeout” has died after completing the game show’s obstacle course, officials and sources close to production Friday.
Coroner’s spokeswoman Sarah Ardall of Los Angeles County said the man in his 30s was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly before 7 pm Wednesday. The cause of death has not been released, and the man’s name was withheld until relatives could be informed.
The reality competition show, in which contestants navigate an extreme obstacle course featuring giant balls and losses, often resulting in spectacular crashes, went on ABC from 2008 to 2014 and was rebooted by TBS and production company Endemol Shine North America Is going.
Two people close to the production said the man had finished the course on the set of the show in Santa Clarita, California, when he needed therapy. She was helped by on-site medical staff until paramedics arrived and took her to the hospital. People spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
The show ceased production on Thursday and Friday and next week is a planned week, he said. Its contestants undergo a medical examination before the competition.
“We came to know about his death and our deepest sympathies are with the family,” TBS said in a statement.
Endemol Shine issued a statement saying, “We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and our thoughts are with that time.”
TBS announced in April that the show would return, and it said in September that its new hosts would be John Cena and Nicole Baer. No premiere date was set yet.
The death was first reported by TMZ.