A male contestant on the popular game show “Wipeout” tragically passed away on Wednesday after completing an obstacle course for the show. He reportedly died of cardiac arrest upon finishing the course.
“We are devastated to have learned of his passing and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family,” a TBS spokesperson told Entertainment Tonight.
“We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and our thoughts are with them at this time,” added the production company Endemol Shine North America.
It’s been reported that the male contestant needed medical attention as soon as he finished the course. He was first treated by the game show’s on-site medical staff while they waited for paramedics to arrive. Law enforcement sources told TMZ that they received a cardiac arrest call from the set just before noon, and by the time they got there, medics were already using a defibrillator on the contestant.
He was then rushed to the local hospital, where he sadly passed away. A source told Fox News that all contestants on “Wipeout” must “undergo medical examinations” before they are cleared to participate in the obstacle course. The insider added that there is a “safety team present” at every show that consists of two paramedics, two set medics, a paramedic coordinator, and a safety producer.
Production of “Wipeout” was paused on Thursday and Friday due to the contestant’s death. It’s believed that production plans to resume on the week of November 30.
TBS originally aired on ABC from 2008-2014 before being picked up by TBS, where it is set to premiere sometime in 2021. Yahoo News reported that TBS announced back in April that it would be showing twenty episodes of “Wipeout” with “new format twists and elements that will push contestants’ athleticism and willpower to even greater extremes, all while delivering some pretty epic fails!”
The game show is set to be hosted by WWE star John Cena and comedian Nicole Byer, while model Camille Kostek reports from the field.
The contestant’s name has not been released, but the Chicago Tribune reported that he was in his 30s. His name will only be released to the public only when his family is notified of his passing.