'Wipeout' contestant died of heart attack after completing course

Sarah Carty
·Lifestyle Editor
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A Wipeout contestant died of a heart attack during taping of the TV show last year, the LA County coroner鈥檚 office has found.

According to NBC, Michael Paredes lost consciousness during the challenge, was taken to hospital and died a day later.

Wipeout contestant doing a challenge
File photo of a contestant during filming of Wipeout. Photo: Wipeout

A toxicology report found there were no drugs or alcohol in his system.

It鈥檚 reported Michael regularly took the pre-workout supplement Nutrex Outlift Amped and had taken it on the morning of filming the show.

NBC reports that Michael completed two obstacles on the course before falling into the water on the third one.

He was pulled out of the water after struggling to get to the side and was put in a wheelchair. After losing consciousness, those on the sidelines performed CPR and he was taken to hospital.

Wipeout set
The man suffered a heart attack and was taken to hospital, where he died a day later. Photo: Wipeout

Michael died the following day in Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.

His fianc茅e said that he exercised five times per week for two hours and in order to appear on the show they both had to pass a drug test, an EKG and a COVID-19 test.

"We are devastated to have learned of his passing and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family." TBS said in a statement.

They also told E! News that they had numerous medics on standby during the filming and contestants are required to go through a medical exam before filming.

Wipeout originally aired between 2008 and 2014 and was rebooted by TBS in April 2020. It鈥檚 believed they are currently on a break from filming.

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