Wipeout contestant dead after completing obstacle course – New York Post

A contestant on the TBS reboot of “Wipeout” has died after completing the show’s obstacle course.

A male contestant needed help and was tended to by on-set emergency personnel after tackling the course Wednesday, sources close to production tell The Post. The participant was on the set in Santa Clarita, California — but not on the course itself — when he reportedly experienced chest pains before noon and medics used a defibrillator on him.

Paramedics were called and he was transported to the hospital, where he later died.

Contestants undergo medical exams ahead of filming, and the show, which has yet to air on the network, has on-site paramedics and doctors, as well as a safety producer.

Production was paused Thursday and Friday, and the show was heading into a preplanned week off for the Thanksgiving holiday. Production is scheduled to resume sometime after the break.

No further information was released about the contestant.

“We are devastated to have learned of his passing, and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family,” a TBS spokesperson told The Post in a statement.

The show is distributed by Endemol Shine North America, which told The Post, “We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family, and our thoughts are with them at this time.”

The revival will be co-hosted by Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Camille Kostek — also known as Rob Gronkowski’s girlfriend — as well as pro wrestler and actor John Cena and comedian Nicole Byer (“Nailed It!”). The series, which originally aired on ABC from 2008 to 2014, features athletic competitors navigating a number of obstacles on a course.

“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!” reads the show’s official description. “Each game is three rounds, with each round featuring a jaw-dropping, multi-stage obstacle course with numerous strategy and decision points designed to further challenge the stamina of the competitors and deliver hilarious and surprising wipeouts. And of course, the iconic staple of the show – the big balls! – are returning with a vengeance.”

TBS has not announced a premiere date for the show, but it will not be until sometime later in 2021.