‘Wipeout’ Gameshow Contestant Dies After Completing Obstacle Course
Published Nov 20, 2020
A contestant on TBS’s reboot of the gameshow Wipeout died of a heart attack yesterday (November 19) in Santa Clarita, CA, after completing the show’s obstacle course.
As TMZ reports, the contestant began experiencing chest pains after running the course and was later treated by on-site medical staff with a defibrillator before he was taken to hospital. The unidentified person passed away from cardiac arrest on Wednesday.
“We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and our thoughts are with them at this time,” production company Endemol Shine North America said in a statement in response to the death.
TBS added: “We are devastated to have learned of his passing and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family.”
The reboot, which follows the three rounds and a three-stage, obstacle course “consisting of multiple strategy and decision points designed to further challenge and wear out the stamina” of participants, was picked up by TBS earlier this year, and is scheduled to air sometime in 2021. So far, no word on if production will be halted due to the incident.
The original Wipeout series aired from 2008 to 2014 on ABC.