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The upcoming season of Koh-Lanta, the French version of Survivor, has been cancelled after a contestant died on the first day of filming in Cambodia.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 25-year-old Gerald Babin suffered cardiac arrest during a tug-of-war segment of the show. After complaining of cramps in his arms, Babin received medical treatment by a staff doctor. Babin reportedly suffered a series of cardiac arrests on the helicopter before arriving at a nearby hospital.
TV Guide reported that Alexander Petit, a spokesperson for channel TF1, addressed the cancellation.
"It is not really a question,” Petit said. “Everyone is being flown back to France.”
The channel released a statement about Babin’s premature death.
“Adventure Line Productions, TF1 and [host] Denis Broginart are devastated and join in the profound sadness of Gerald’s family,” TF1 stated. The channel also flew Babin’s family to Cambodia to recover the contestant’s body.
The production company emphasized that each contestant received extensive medical examinations as part of the stipulations for participating in the show.
Although the show has been a success for the channel, there have been no reports on when the series will resume.