How many people who were contestants on reality TV programs have killed themselves?
#110693. Asked by star_gazer. (Nov 12 09 10:56 PM)
The Contender, a boxing show, unfortunately became the first American reality show in which a contestant committed suicide after being eliminated from the show.|
On February 14, 2005, one of the 16 contestants, Najai Turpin, despondent over personal matters, committed suicide, shooting himself while sitting with his girlfriend in a parked car outside the West Philadelphia gym where he trained. In his memory, the producers set up a trust fund for his daughter Anyae. The show still aired in its entirety, but with a special tribute to Turpin.
One of the contestants on late-night Fox Reality Channel show “Paradise Hotel 2″ climbed up a tall phone tower and jumped to his death in an apparent suicide after being eliminated. Nathan Clutter, 26, died in what was described in Broadcasting and Cable magazine as a “climbing accident” on October 12, 2006. Police sources tell the Enquirer that an investigation determined that it was a suicide.
Here's one we all heard about. BUENA PARK -- Police say a reality show contestant suspected of killing his ex-wife before committing suicide left a suicide note on his laptop that expressed his love and frustration with the victim.
The body of 32-year-old Ryan Jenkins was found in a Canadian motel room in August.
Police believe Jenkins murdered his 28-year-old wife Jasmine Fiore, packed her disfigured body in a suitcase and left her in a trash bin in Southern California.
Eleven suicides of reality show contestants.
Thank you for the research serpa.|
This latest tragedy follows a handful of recent reality-related deaths that will surely have pundits questioning the legitimacy of the reality world. The Wrap has also demonstrated 11 former reality contestants (or reality-related contestants) have committed suicide over the last few years. Clearly, producers want to shy away from this version of reality -- but it's proving to be a difficult task.
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