ABC reality show really “Wipesout”

Former DJ, USC graduate and recently married, Tom Sparks, apparently died of a stroke after his stint on the ABC reality show “Wipeout”.

_MG_3100-cropTeamed up with his wife, Katie, he had been trying to complete an obstacle course and complained of knee pain and was experiencing shortness of breath during the event. According to a producer on the show, he was still in good spirit, even stopping to do an interview with the show’s host, but the producers pulled him from the course. Medics then discovered Sparks was experiencing shortness of breath, so he was taken to the hospital.

According to a statement his father released to the Idaho Mountain Express, Sparks died on November 5 of an apparent stroke that his doctors believe was triggered by a pre-existing disease known as antiphospholipid antibody syndrome that causes unnatural blood clotting.

“We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family,” ABC and Endemol said in a joint statement. “This is a tragic loss and our thoughts are with them at this time.”