Wipeout Contestant Dies

A contestant who participated on the ABC series Wipeout has died.

Tom Sparks, 33, was hospitalized two weeks ago after he complained of knee pain and experienced shortness of breath while on the first part of the show's obstacle course, Entertainment Tonight reports. He died Nov. 5 and the cause of death has been deferred pending additional tests, the L.A. County Coroner's office told ET.

"We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family. This is a tragic loss and our thoughts are with them at this time," ABC and Endemol USA, the production company behind Wipeout, said in a joint statement.

Doctors believe Sparks may have died from a stroke caused by a pre-existing disease called antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS), which causes unnatural blood clotting, his father, Bill Sparks, told the Idaho Mountain Express.

Before moving to California, Tom Sparks was a disc jockey at the Idaho radio station KSKI 103.7. He is survived by his wife Kate. The couple would have celebrated their two-month anniversary last Friday.

TVGuide.com's calls to the coroner's office, ABC and Endemol were not immediately returned.

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