French Survivor programme pulled following contestant death

France's version of SurvivorThe French version of the hit American reality programme Survivor has been stopped following the death of a contestant.

‘Koh-Lanta’, which airs on channel TF1, has stopped production on the 2013 series after a contestant died on the first day of filming in Cambodia.

Gerald Babin, 25, died on Friday after the contestant participated in a tug of war. After complaining of cramps in his arm he was treated by medics before being airlifted to hospital. It is reported that he suffered a “series of cardiac arrests” during the flight.

“Adventure Line Productions, TF1 and host Denis Broginart are devastated and join in the profound sadness of Gerald’s family” – TF1 statement

The popular reality show first aired in France in 2001 and sees a group of contestants competing against each other in the wild. The show was created by British television producers and first aired in 2000.