There’s been a second death related to the French television version of “Survivor,” TF1’s “Koh-Lanta,” reports Deadline.com. A doctor who had worked on the program, Dr. Thierry Costa, committed suicide.
His death comes about a week after contestant Gerald Babin suffered a heart attack during the shooting of the first episode of the season.
Production had already been shut down on “Koh-Lanta” and the season canceled. Costa left a suicide note, which he asked be made public. In it, Costa wrote that he had treated Babin “as a patient and not a contestant.” Nevertheless, he wrote that he was distraught by “false accusations and assumptions” in the media.
Deadline report: “Last Friday, ‘Koh-Lanta’ producer Adventure Line Productions, a subsidiary of Zodiak media, said it would sue for defamation after information from an anonymous source, which called into question the on-site response of the production team and the doctor, was published by French media. A manslaughter inquiry has been opened into Babin’s death. ‘Koh-Lanta’ started airing in 2001 and is one of leading network TF1′s flagship series, drawing an average of 7.4M viewers.”