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16 Very, Very, Very Dark Things That Actually Happened While Filming Reality Shows

Storage Wars star Darrell Sheets said he actually found a corpse wrapped in plastic inside a storage locker.

Warning: This post contains mentions of death, suicide, and animal cruelty.

1. Storage Wars star Darrell Sheets revealed during the series special, Unlocked, that he once found a corpse, wrapped in plastic, inside a locker that he bought back in 1988. According to Sheets, the police told him a man had murdered his wife and left her in the unit.

Darrell Sheets

2. Gerald Babin, a contestant on Koh-Lanta (the French version of Survivor), died during filming. Babin suffered cardiac arrest after jumping off a boat and participating in a tug-of-war challenge. As a result, production was stopped, and the show was canceled for the 2013 season...

Koh Lanta show logo with palm trees silhouettes of temples in Cambodia

3. ...Just one week later, a doctor, Thierry Costa, who had worked on Koh-Lanta and performed emergency care on Babin, died by suicide. In a suicide note, Costa said that his name had been "sullied by the media" in relation to the death of Babin.

Costa checking the blood pressure on a contestant

4. During the filming of another French reality show, Dropped, in 2015, two helicopters crashed, killing 10 people. Pegged as an adventure reality show, it was to follow eight sports stars who would be blindfolded and dropped in the wild. The show was canceled after the tragic accident.

authorities at the site of the wreckage

5. During the 2013 season of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!, more than 100 ticks were removed from the celebrities and show's crew...

contestant with a tick in his neck

6. ...and one crew member apparently even suffered "severe anaphylactic shock" from a tick bite.

Medic getting a tick out of the contestant's neck

7. In Season 3 of Deadliest Catch, a search and rescue mission for a four-man crew found only "one survivor, an empty survival suit, and two dead crewmen floating in the water."

A survival suit floating in the ocean with no one in it

8. Speaking of Deadliest Catch, during Season 6, fisherman and star Phil Harris died after suffering a stroke while off-loading crab in 2010.

Phil Harris

9. In 2007, Cheryl Kosewicz, an attorney and contestant on the CBS show Pirate Master, died by suicide after she was eliminated from the show.

"Pirate Master"

10. Mexican American singer Jenni Rivera — who starred in her own show, I Love Jenni — and several members of her inner circle, died in a plane crash in 2012 in the middle of filming Season 3. The final season explored the aftermath of her death.

Jenni Rivera singing

11. Shain Gandee, star of the MTV series Buckwild, along with two others, was found dead in a truck as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning. MTV suspended filming of Season 2 and ultimately canceled the show.

shain riding a quad bike near a swap

12. While filming the show Teen Mom, a source who worked on the show alleged that police and CPS had to be called multiple times over the years because situations got so "scary."

Leah Shirley and  Amber Portwood celebrating a birthday with cake

13. While filming an "Untitled Military Project" show for the Discovery Channel, a helicopter crashed, killing the three people on board. The victims were helicopter pilot David Gibbs, 59, along with Darren Rydstrom, 45, crew of the show, and Michael Donatelli, 45, a cast member.

A news reporter reporting on a "tragic crash"

14. Diem Brown, a cast member of The Challenge, collapsed on set in 2014 while shooting Battle of the Exes 2. She was rushed to a New York hospital for emergency surgery related to ovarian cancer that had metastasized to her colon and stomach. Footage of her flight from Panama to NY for the surgery was included in the show and marked her last words on the show, "I'm at a point in my life where I want to just live life," before she died on November 14, 2014.

Diem cutting her hair from her balding head

15. A show called Under Wild Skies on NBC Sports Network (and funded by the NRA) was canceled after the show's host, Tony Makris "shot an elephant in the face and then compared his critics to Adolf Hitler."

A man painting an elephant's head with decorative paint

16. Finally, during an unaired episode of Fear Factor from the 2011-2012 revival run, contestants were challenged with drinking donkey urine and semen. According to host Joe Rogan, the stunt was so disturbing it was the reason the show got canceled (again).

Contestants around a table with a couple donkeys nearby

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at The Trevor Project, which provides help and suicide-prevention resources for LGBTQ youth, is 1-866-488-7386.