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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Grim Reality for Contender Contestant

Middleweight Najai "Nitro" Turpin, 22, a contestant for the new boxing reality show The Contender, has committed suicide by shooting himself in the head just weeks before the show's March 7 premiere.

It is not believed his motive was related to the show.

Except for a planned live championship, set to take place in May, all the bouts in the "The Contender" have already been completed. Executive producer Mark Burnett says Turpin's death will be mentioned at some point, probably in an onscreen message at the end of an episode.

1 other geekspeak:

  • With a name like "Nitro," I'd expect him to be capable of exploding, but damn, not literally!

    By Blogger Wino McHackenpuke, at 3:33 PM  

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