Topics: Sylvester Stallone, Reality television, Washington, D.C. Pages: 3 (769 words) Published: October 26, 2013
sjhvkcbskbvhjsbdbvsjv,v jdsh.kgvs.kfb.shbbzs Scheduled to premiere March 7, The Contender features 16 boxers vying for $1 million. Mark Burnett, an accomplished producer in reality television with such hits as Survivor and The Apprentice, is the executive producer. Actor Sylvester Stallone and former boxing champ Sugar Ray Leonard will serve as hosts and boxing mentors.

Turpin, who had a record of 13-1, including nine knockouts, worked at a restaurant cleaning seafood. According to NBC's Contender Web site, he would work his day shift, train for two hours and then report for another shift at the restaurant until midnight.

NBC spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said the network did not anticipate editing the show to remove Turpin. The Contender not only features the boxers in the ring, it also spotlights their personal lives.

Turpin's girlfriend and their 2-year-old daughter, Anje, are also featured.

"We are deeply saddened to learn of his death and our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family," Marks said yesterday.

All of the episodes for the boxing reality series have been filmed except for the live finale, set for May.

Turpin's death isn't the first time television has found itself grappling with true reality. In the Swedish version of Survivor, a member of the cast committed suicide after he was the first person voted off the island. Update, Sept. 6: Bruce Goldfarb, a spokesman for the state medical examiner's office, confirmed on Friday morning that the manner of Josh Burdette's death was suicide.

Concert venues are about the live music experience, but then again, they're not. We were reminded of this on Monday when 9:30 Club spokeswoman Audrey Fix Schaefer confirmed the Washington venue's manager and "face of the Club" Josh Burdette had died on Sunday. He was 36.

Judging from the immediate and emotional outpouring on social media, the death of Burdette -- the affable manager/head of security with the large ear plugs and heavily...
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