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French 'Survivor' Gets Cancelled After Contestant Dies on First Day of Filming

March 25, 2013 (9:03 pm) GMT
Everybody is flown back to French after Gerald Babin died of cardiac arrest when filming a tug-of-war challenge in Cambodia.
French 'Survivor' Gets Cancelled After Contestant Dies on First Day of Filming

Production on "Koh-Lanta", the French version of "", was halted and the show was scrapped for the 2013 season after one of the contestants died during a filming in Cambodia. "It is not really a question," said TF1 spokesman Alexander Petit. "Everyone is being flown back to France."

Gerald Babin, 25, reportedly passed away Friday, March 22 after suffering cardiac arrest on the first day of filming. He complained of cramps in his arms during a tug-of-war challenge and was treated by the staff doctor on the set before being airlifted by helicopter to a nearby hospital.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Babin suffered a series of cardiac arrests while on his way to the hospital. His family was flown to Cambodia to recover his body.

Channel Tf1 and the production company said in a statement, "Adventure Line Productions, Tf1 and (show host) Denis Broginart are devastated and join in the profound sadness of Gerald's family. All of their thoughts are with his parents, his sister, his girlfriend and all those close to him."

They said all contestants had cleared extensive medical examinations before filming. There's no word about the long-term continuation of the series.

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