French Survivor doctor kills himself, blaming media coverage of contestant’s death

The doctor on France’s version of Survivor, Koh-Lanta, has committed suicide, blaming the media for its coverage of a contestant’s death just over a week earlier.

Dr. Thierry Costa wrote in his suicide note that “my name has been sullied in the media” and cited “unfair accusations.” Gerald Babin, 25, had a heart attack and died during the show’s first challenge. Production stopped and the season was cancelled.

Costa wrote that he was “sure of having treated Gerald in a respectable way, as a patient and not as a contestant. … Even though I regret this unhappy end, I acted in conformity with the Hippocratic Oath.” The physician, who worked on four seasons of the series, died in Cambodia, where the show had been in production prior to a contestant’s death.

The AFP reports that “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.”

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

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Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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