French reality show cancelled after contestant dies
PARIS (AP) - The contestants on a French reality television show have returned home after a 25-year-old participant died of a heart attack on the first day of filming.
Television station TF1 cancelled the 16th season of Koh Lanta - a Survivor-like show filmed in Cambodia - after the death of contestant Gerard Babin on Friday. French media reported that the other contestants returned to France on Monday.
A contestant from a previous season expressed shock in French media at the tragedy, saying medical staff were always on hand and the show was a "rolling hospital." TF1 has not released details about what the contestants were doing when Mr Babin died.
The show asks participants to complete physical challenges, often to win food, and contestants are gradually voted off the show as the weeks progress.