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Survivor France Doctor Suicides After Death Of A Contestant

There seems to be a lot of reality TV deaths in the news at the moment, and sadly the Doctor on the set of Survivor France has committed suicide as he feels his reputation has been sullied by the recent death of the contestants on the set in Cambodia.

Dr Theirry killed himself in Cambodia.

The Herald Sun reports:

“In recent days my name has been sullied in the media,” doctor Thierry Costa wrote in the note before committing suicide just over a week after the death of 25-year-old Gerald Babin on a remote Cambodian island.

Costa, 38, complained of “unfair accusations” against him in the note obtained from Media Medic, the subcontractor that provided the doctor for the hugely popular show Koh Lanta, a series by Adventure Line Productions (ALP).

Costa had been Koh Lanta‘s emergency physician for four seasons, ALP said in a statement, adding: “Everyone admired his great professionalism with the participants and the production staff.”

Since Babin’s death, French media outlets have questioned the production company’s treatment of the contestant, citing unnamed sources who claimed producers delayed the doctor’s response time and interviewed Babin on camera despite the fact that he appeared ill.

Babin died of a heart attack on the first day of filming on the tropical island of Koh Rong on March 22, prompting French broadcaster TF1 to axe the show’s 2013 season, its 16th.

It was the first death in any French reality TV program.

After the death production on the series was halted and the contestants flown back to France.

Filming has also been stopped on US reality TV show Buckwild after the death of one of its stars Shain Gandee in what looks like a car accident. There were two other people who died in the incident as well. Buckwild is currently screening on MTV Australia on Tuedsay nights at 9.30pm.

Source: SMH


1 Daisy { 04.02.13 at 12:44 pm }

Bad production practice a given, it seems like staff as well as contestants need thorough psychological testing before participating in a season.
I think using war vets (Shazzam in Cameroan) is a risky choice for all concerned.

2 EmTee { 04.02.13 at 1:40 pm }

Don’t watch Survivor but do read the news. Both deaths are very sad and my heart goes out to both families whatever the circumstances.

3 Rachel @ Reality Chick { 04.02.13 at 3:04 pm }

Terrible :(

4 Carole { 04.02.13 at 4:26 pm }

Very sad situation, and very sad that the doctor has committed suicide.

5 brain dead dave { 04.02.13 at 5:09 pm }

This has happened in Australia, too, when Ray Martin did an ACA “expose” and ruined an electrician , who committed suicide. I would rather Ray Martin off himself, anytime.

6 A.P { 04.02.13 at 5:56 pm }

Really sad that the doctor would kill himself over a tv show, what a waste of life.