'Wipeout' contestant dead after completing obstacle course

Brenda Watkins
November 21, 2020

A male contestant required medical attention after completing the Wipeout course and then experiencing chest pains on Wednesday, November 18, according to TMZ. The on-site medical team called paramedics and he was taken to a local hospital where he later passed away.

E! News learned that on Thursday, Nov. 18, the person, whose identity has not yet been disclosed, required medical attention after completing one of the competition's notoriously hard and physically demanding obstacle courses.

A contestant on reality TV competition Wipeout has allegedly died after completing the show's obstacle course. There are also 2 paramedics on-site, plus a safety producer and paramedic coordinator.

The show is run by Network TBS.

TBS announced in April that the show would be returning, and it said in September said its new hosts would be John Cena and Nicole Byer.

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A spokesperson for TBS, which airs "Wipeout", told CNN in a statement: "We are devastated to have learned of his passing and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family".

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.

Endemol Shine North America, the production company behind the show, released a statement offering their condolences to the unnamed contestant. This was his most recent WWE appearance. "The power of Wipeout is its ability to gather people of all backgrounds for fast paced, physical FUN! I can't wait to get started in rooting for our contestants!"

"Wipeout will feature twists and new elements that will push contestants' athleticism and determination to even greater extremes, all while delivering some wildly epic fails!"

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