Contestant dies after completing "Wipeout" obstacle course

Wipeout Gameshow Contestant Dies After Completing Obstacle Course

A man competing on the television competition show "Wipeout" died earlier this week after completing an obstacle course while filming the series, sources close to the production told CNN. Then he was treated on-site until paramedics could arrive. The male contestant was later taken to the hospital where he died, according to TMZ.

The show halted production for the rest of the week.

Production was paused Thursday and Friday, and the show was heading into a preplanned week off for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The source notes that all of the show's contestants undergo medical examinations before being cleared to participate.

Wipeout has safeguards and precautions in place on their set.

TBS released a statement that said: '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 created 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.

TBS announced in April that it had ordered 20 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!"

In September, John Cena revealed that he would be hosting "Wipeout" on TBS.

As of this writing, there's no word yet on how this will affect future episodes of the show as it's now in production.



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