Doctor on 'Survivor' commits suicide over contestant's death
THE doctor for the French version of hit reality TV show Survivor has killed himself in Cambodia, saying in a suicide note the media "sullied" his name after a contestant in his care died of a heart attack.
"In recent days my name has been sullied in the media," doctor Thierry Costa wrote in the note before committing suicide just over a week after the death of 25-year-old Gerald Babin on a remote Cambodian island.
Costa, 38, complained of "unfair accusations" against him in the note obtained from Media Medic, the subcontractor that provided the doctor for the hugely popular show Koh Lanta, a series by Adventure Line Productions (ALP).
Costa had been Koh Lanta's emergency physician for four seasons, ALP said in a statement, adding: "Everyone admired his great professionalism with the participants and the production staff."
Since Babin's death, 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.
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