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French Survivor Season Canceled After Contestant Dies During Filming

Denis Brogniart | Photo Credits: Julien Hekimian/WireImageDenis Brogniart | Photo Credits: Julien Hekimian/WireImage

The upcoming season of the French version of Survivor has been canceled after a contestant died on the first day of filming in Cambodia, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gerald Babin, 25, suffered cardiac arrest Friday after a tug-of-war challenge. Babin complained of cramping during the challenge and was treated by a staff doctor on the set. He was eventually transported via helicopter to a nearby hospital and suffered "a series of cardiac arrests" en route, THR reports.

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"It is not really a question" about whether to cancel the season," Alexander Petit, a spokesperson for channel TF1 told THR. "Everyone is being flown back to France."

The production company stressed that all contestants cleared a medical exam prior to filming.

There's no word on when or if the series will resume.