The 38-year-old man, Michael Parades, suffered a heart attack during the ‘Wipeout’ show, an autopsy revealed. The contestant was taking on the obstacle course in November.
He collapsed after completing the show’s obstacle course. Emergency professionals immediately treated the contestant and took him to a nearby local hospital. Unfortunately, he couldn’t survive the cardiac arrest.
The toxicology report indicated that Parades was drug-free when he died. He used to take Nutrex Outlift Amped regularly, which is a pre-workout dietary supplement. He mixed the supplement powder in a cup of water and drank it on the morning of the show taping.
According to the autopsy, the supplement did not play any role in the death of the Wipeout contestant. During the investigation, his fiancee said that the supplement might have triggered a false positive result of MDMA or Ecstasy. Parades did not report any illness from the supplement before the show. He also didn’t feel any headaches or ailments.
The contestant successfully completed the first two obstacles, but collapsed on the third one. He struggled to swim to the side of the pool as he quickly went unconscious. Bystanders quickly leapt into action and hauled him onto a wheelchair. They performed CPR before taking him to a hospital. The Hospital professionals pronounced him dead the following day.
The terms ‘heart attack’ and ‘cardiac arrest’ are not interchangeable. “Heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, and sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly”, states American Heart Association. Furthermore, a heart attack can precede sudden cardiac arrest.
‘Wipeout’ is an American TV game show, premiered on ABC from 2008 to 2014. The show is ready for a reboot, announced TBS last year. Endemol Shine North America produces the show. The production company was ‘devastated’ by the sudden death of the Wipeout contestant. They offered the deepest condolences to his family.
“We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family, and our thoughts are with them at this time,” the company said.