A contestant who participated in the US series of Wipeout has died. He had complained of knee pain during the taping of the show two weeks earlier.
During his Wipeout episode, Tom Sparks,33, was complaining of knee pain on the obstacle course, and the producers told him to stop. As the medics checked him out they noticed he was experiencing shortness of breath, and he went to a local hospital for further examination.
He was admitted to a US hospital two weeks later. The cause of death is pending additional tests but his father says doctors believe his stroke was likely caused by a pre-existing disease that causes unnatural blood clotting called antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS).
ABC and Endemol, released a joint statement to ET: “We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family. This is a tragic loss and our thoughts are with them at this time.”