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Wipeout Contestant Died From Heart Attack After Taking On Obstacle Course

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Wipeout Contestant Died From Heart Attack After Taking On Obstacle Course

A Wipeout contestant died of a heart attack after taking on an obstacle course on the show.

Michael Paredes died on 19 November 2020 and an autopsy report has now confirmed that the 38-year-old died of an acute myocardial infarction, stemming from atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Parades was running on an obstacle course over a body of water when he fell in and swam to the edge, but was unable to pull himself out, according to PEOPLE.

He was subsequently put in a wheelchair and went into cardiopulmonary arrest, before being resuscitated and rushed to hospital.

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He died 24 hours after being hospitalised.

Speaking to the New York Post following Parades' death, a spokesperson for network TBS sent their condolences to his family.

They said: "We are devastated to have learned of his passing, and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family."

A spokesperson for Endemol Shine North America added: "We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family, and our thoughts are with them at this time."

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Contestants on the show undergo a medical examination before taking part, and the production has on-site medics and doctors, as well as a safety producer.

Wipeout originally aired in the US between 2008 and 2014, and was produced by ABC.

Last year, the UK's version of the show, Total Wipeout, returned to our screens, this time hosted by comedian Paddy McGuinness and former England cricket captain Freddie Flintoff.

After an eight-year absence, the show was brought back, with the duo providing commentary on episodes that aired between 2009 and 2012.

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Richard Hammond and Amanda Byram were the original hosts of the show. It featured 20 contestants every week, who had to make their way through the daring obstacle course, with the fastest claiming the £10,000 prize.

Featured Image Credit: BBC

Topics: US News

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