Tom Sparks, 'Wipeout' Contestant, Dies, Funeral Held Today

Tom Sparks died November 5th after likely suffering a stroke while completing an obstacle course on ABC's reality show Wipeout. The 33-year-old's funeral was held today in Westwood, California. Sources say he was rushed to the hospital after he was short of breath during the event, and died in the hospital after suffering severe brain injuries.

Tom Sparks died after he was on Wipeout. (
Sparks was a former USC grad student who was teamed with his wife Katie on the show. The couple married a few months ago and had just gotten back from their honeymoon in Europe. Keli More, one of Tom's friends, said (via LA Times): "He seemed invincible. He was very talented and was always, always on the go."

Sparks' father has said doctors think Tom's stroke might have been caused by a pre-existing condition which caused abnormal blood clots. Doctors are waiting for further medical, so the official cause of death has been deferred.

Wipeout is a gameshow in which contestants participate in ridiculous obstacle courses that have them leaping on giant balls and falling into water before reaching the end. The person to finish with the best time wins a cash prize.

A contestant in Wipeout bounces off giant balls as he tries to scramble to the finish line.

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