November 21, 2020

Wipeout contestant dies after completing assault course on reboot series

A man collapsed and died after competing on Wipeout and following complaints of chest pains on Wednesday.

Medics rushed to the scene of the once popular entertainment assault course gameshow but were unable to save the life of the man who passed away at a local hospital.

The contestant was on set at Sable Ranch in Canyon Country, Santa Clarita, California, north of Los Angeles, where the USA version of the show is filmed – but was not on the obstacle course itself – when he fell ill.

On-set medics offered assistance at the scenes, before paramedics rushed him to hospital where he later died.

A contestant on the USA version of Wipeout has died

TMZ reported the tragic news, stating: “Our law enforcement sources tell us they got a cardiac arrest call just before noon Wednesday, and medics on set had already started using a defibrillator on the contestant, who was experiencing chest pains after completing the course.”

The report also stated: “We’re told the contestant was taken to a hospital, where he later died.”

Contestants on the hit show are said to undergo medical examinations before taking part on the show.

While two paramedics are said to be on standby on the set of the show at all times, and a safety producer and paramedic coordinator also work on the show.

Total Wipeout in the UK was presented by Richard Hammond and Amanda Byram

A TBS spokesperson told The New York Post on Friday: “We are devastated to have learned of his passing, and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family.”

While a spokesperson for Endemol Shine North America said: “We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family, and our thoughts are with them at this time.”

Wipeout originally aired in the USA on ABC from 2008 to 2014 – with a reboot of the show announced for TBS earlier this year.

Hollywood star John Cena, comedienne Nicole Byer and model and presenter Camille Kostek are helming the rebooted series.

Filming was cancelled on Thursday and Friday following the contestant death – while cameras had already been due to stop filming next week due to Thanksgiving celebrations.

The New York Post reports that the show will continue filming the following week after the conclusion of the USA national holiday.

A UK version of the show, titled Total Wipeout, aired on the BBC between 2009 and 2012, hosted by Top Gear star Richard Hammond and Irish presenter Amanda Byram.

Cricket star Freddie Flintoff and Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness voiced a ‘best of’ series in 2020 of the show called Total Wipeout: Freddie and Paddy Takeover – but it was savaged by critics.

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