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Saturday, November 21, 2020 1:00 am

Contestant dies after completing 'Wipeout'

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES – A contestant on “Wipeout” has died after completing the game show's obstacle course, authorities and sources close to the production said Friday.

The man in his 30s was declared dead at a hospital shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday, Los Angeles County coroner's spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said. The cause of death has not been released, and the man's name was being withheld until relatives could be notified.

The reality competition show, in which contestants navigate an extreme obstacle course featuring giant balls and pitfalls that often result in spectacular crashes, ran on ABC from 2008 until 2014 and is being rebooted by TBS and production company Endemol Shine North America.

Two people close to the production said the man had completed the course on the show's set in nearby Santa Clarita when he needed medical attention.

He was helped by on-site medical staff until paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital.

The show stopped production Thursday and Friday and has a planned week off next week, they said.

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