Combat Missions’ Scott Helvenston one of the civilian contractors killed in Iraq.

Combat Missions’ Scott Helvenston one of the civilian contractors killed in Iraq.
One of the four civilian American contractors killed and mutilated in an Iraq town last week was Combat Missions‘ Scott Helvenston. In addition to being a member of Delta squad on the show, he was a Navy SEAL and stuntman/trainer for movies such as “G.I. Jane.” “It’s not only horrible when someone dies who you know and respect, but in the way it happened, it makes you sick,” producer Mark Burnett told the AP. One of Helvenston’s friends from the show, William Nissen, says “Scotty was one of those few people you only meet once in a lifetime,” Nissen said. “He stood out from the rest with his athletic ability, his personal drive, his personal motivation.” He was 38; he is survived by his wife and two children.

Survivor San Juan Del Sur's dark cloud is lifted

John Rocker

In its third episode, Survivor San Juan Del Sur improved significantly as John Rocker faced off against an Amazing Race villain. But the Exile Island reward challenge remains a drag on the series.


Why Dick Donato left Big Brother 13

Dick Donato

The Big Brother villain known as "Evel Dick" has finally revealed why he left the show during its 13th season: he learned he was HIV positive.

Also: Dick claims he had no choice but to leave the game.

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