Former radio DJ died after TV reality show


Memorial services were held Wednesday in both Los Angeles and Sun Valley, ID for friends and family to remember former KSKI-FM Sun Valley morning host Tom Sparks. The former DJ died early this month of a stroke after participating in the ABC Television reality competition show “Wipeout.”

According to the Idaho Mountain Express, Sparks father said doctors at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA determined that the 33-year-old’s stroke was probably caused by a condition called antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS), a disease that causes unnatural clotting of the blood.

Entertainment Tonight reported that Sparks had complained of knee pain after running the first part of the “Wipeout” obstacle course and was told to stop by the producers. He was checked by medics, found to be experiencing shortness of breath and sent to a hospital for further examination.

About two weeks later, Sparks was admitted to Cedars-Sinai with a stroke. He died November 5th.

Sparks had married his wife, Kate, who’d also worked at KSKI, just two months ago.