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    Boxer, Contestant in "The Contender" reality show commits suicide

    This is gonna be erie watching the show knowing that before the end, he kills himself. And he had a 2 year old daughter....


    >>Contestant on NBC Reality Show Commits Suicide
    By BILL CARTER

    Published: February 15, 2005

    A contestant in "The Contender" a new NBC reality series about boxing scheduled to start next month, committed suicide yesterday in Philadelphia, network executives said last night.

    NBC executives said that the show would go on as planned, starting March 7.

    The contestant, Najai Turpin, 23, a middleweight boxer from Philadelphia who was known as Nitro, took his life, NBC executives said.

    They offered no other details about the suicide, though they said they thought it had nothing to do with events on the television show.

    "The Contender" chronicles not only the boxers' efforts to win the television tournament, which carries a prize of $1 million, but follows their personal lives, including their relationships with spouses and children. Mr. Turpin's girlfriend also appears in the series, NBC said.

    Mr. Turpin, who entered the series as a well-regarded young fighter with a 13-1 record, had a 2-year-old daughter with his girlfriend.<<

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/15/b...15reality.html?

    its a NY Times link... you know the drill
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    Damn. That's a bitch.
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    >>15rounds.com extends their deepest and most sincere condolences to Najai's daughter Anje, his grandmother and two siblings.<<

    This makes it sound like he was an orphan...
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    You can't BUY this kind of publicity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ronin69
    You can't BUY this kind of publicity.
    Sad but true.

    And you know they considered their investment and the ratings in deciding how to handle this... it's a business.
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    I actually feel for them, honestly. This happened between the filming and the airing, so if they don't air the show, they're out several million dollars for taking the path of good taste - that's a hard road to haul. And I still want to see the show.

    It would be nice if the quasi-infinate coffers of NBC and Mark Burnett could be opened to help the family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyCache
    I actually feel for them, honestly. This happened between the filming and the airing, so if they don't air the show, they're out several million dollars for taking the path of good taste - that's a hard road to haul. And I still want to see the show.

    It would be nice if the quasi-infinate coffers of NBC and Mark Burnett could be opened to help the family.
    One piece of good news out of this - they are going to help his family.


    NBC executives said they were saddened by the news and were setting up a fund to help Turpin’s family, but that the show will go on as planned. “The Contender” – scheduled to premier March 7 – chronicles the lives of 16 professional fighters as they make their way through the professional ranks
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    Wow, that is terrible. I am really glad that NBC is gonna help his family out.
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