The show’s production company, Endemol Shine North America, confirmed the contestant’s death in a statement on Friday. “We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and our thoughts are with them at this time,” it read.
A TBS spokesperson also told Fox News: “We are devastated to have learned of his passing and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family.”
Per People magazine, citing a source close to production, the contestant required medical attention after he completed the course on Wednesday and medical personnel tended to him on-site. The male contestant was later taken to the hospital where he died, according to TMZ.
“The contestant had completed the obstacle course on Wednesday, Nov. 18, and required medical attention after leaving the course,” the source told People magazine. “He was attended to by our onsite emergency professionals and paramedics were then called to the set and the contestant was transported to a local hospital.”
The source added that all “Wipeout” contestants “undergo medical examinations before they are cleared to participate.”
In addition, “there is an onsite safety team that is comprised of several paramedics, two set medics, a paramedic coordinator and a safety producer,” the insider told People. “There is a safety team present at all times.”
“Wipeout” is getting the reboot treatment on TBS. The competition series originally aired on ABC from 2008 to 2014.