Omg! How sad.
Staff doctor, Thierry Costa from French Survivor took his life yesterday in Cambodia after contestant Gerald Babin suffered a heart attack and unfortunately died.
The late 25-year-old went into cardiac arrest on the first day of filming the show's 12th season after he completed two challenges, which included jumping off a boat and swimming to shore to compete in a tug-of-war on the beach… and once Babin was done with the challenges, he experienced arm cramps and immediately fell to the ground.
Costa then ordered an emergency helicopter, but after the production team didn't want to give Gerald immediate attention because they didn't want to stop filming, he was taken away on a boat, rather than a chopper because it was considered "too costly."
The only problem with this was that "unjust accusations and assumptions [were] made against [Thierry]," which initially led to his suicide.
“In recent days my name has been sullied in the media. I am sure I treated Gerald with respect as a patient and not as a contestant.”
Now, with Thierry gone, Gerald's family is seeking damages on "illegal conditions" and “breaches of health and safety." They also want footage from the production company, Adventure Line Productions.
And even though Costa feels that his name was slandered, ALP released a statement saying:
"We have learned with dismay that Dr. Thierry Costa passed away in Cambodia today. His high level of professionalism and humanity towards participants and production teams has always been unanimously recognized.”
French officials have opened a preliminary investigation, which will look into Babin's treatment and death, and they're also thinking about going after manslaughter charges.
Rest in peace, Thierry and Gerald.