The French version of the Survivor TV series has been struck by tragedy on the first day of filming, resulting in its instant cancellation. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a 25 year-old contestant, Gerald Babin died whilst they were filming a tug-of-war segment on the show, which was being filmed in Cambodia. A spokesperson for the show, Alexander Petit, explained that a decision to cancel the show was made instantly. “It is not really a question,” Petit told the press. “Everyone is being flown back to France.”
Reportedly, Babin complained of cramps in his arms whilst the tug-of-war was being filmed for the show, which is called Koh-Lanta in France. He received medical treatment and was seen by a staff doctor. He suffered a number of cardiac arrests on the helicopter, before being taken to a nearby hospital by helicopter. The French TV channel TF1 released a statement regarding Babin’s death. “Adventure Line Productions, TF1 and [host] Denis Broginart are devastated and join in the profound sadness of Gerald’s family.” The channel also ensured that Gerald’s family were able to fly to Cambodia to recover his body.
The show’s production company also stressed that all of the contestants taking part in the show received “extensive medical examinations” as part of the stipulations for participating in the show. There is no word on whether or not the production company will resume the show.