French ‘Survivor’ Shuts Down After Contestant Dies

Gerald Babin (Adventure Line Productions)

The upcoming season of France’s version of “Survivor” (called “Koh-Lantah”) as been canceled because a contestant died of a heart attack on the first day of filming.

The Hollywood Reporter writes that the cast members and crew were filming in Cambodia when Gerald Babin, 25, went into cardiac arrest last Friday following a tug-of-war challenge. The report states that Babin suffered cramping during the challenge and was treated by a staff doctor on the set. He was then moved to a nearby hospital by helicopter and suffered “a series of cardiac arrests” en route.

“It is not really a question” about whether to cancel the season,” Alexander Petit, a spokesperson for channel TF1 told THR. “Everyone is being flown back to France.”

The production company said that all contestants cleared a medical exam before filming began.

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