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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.<<
its a NY Times link... you know the drill