'Paradise Hotel 2' contestant Nathan Clutter died after show's filming
By Christopher Rocchio, 01/08/2008
Nathan Thomas Clutter, one of 11 singles appearing in MyNetworkTV and Fox Reality Channel's upcoming Paradise Hotel revival, died on October 12 at age 26.
"As Paradise Hotel 2 comes to air, we are saddened by the loss of Nathan Clutter, who passed away on October 12 of last year," the networks stated in a January 7 statement.
"The cast and crew, as well as Mentorn Productions and the entire Fox Reality Channel and MyNetworkTV families, join Nathan's loved ones in mourning his loss and we hope that they are able to find some comfort in knowing that he touched everyone he encountered with his thoughtfulness and decency."
The Danville, IL-native -- who had been living in Phoenix, AZ and working as a sales manager before Paradise Hotel 2 began filming late last summer -- was killed in an unspecified climbing accident that occurred several weeks after the show's production ended, according to a passing mention in a recent Broadcasting & Cable report about the show's dual-network production.
Paradise Hotel 2 contestant Nathan Clutter (Photo credit Michael Becker/Fox Reality Channel)
Although no additional details were provided, an obituary published in East Central Illinois' The News-Gazette on October 15 stated Clutter's death occurred in Amarillo, TX.
Paradise Hotel's revival is scheduled to premiere on Monday, February 4 at 9PM ET/PT on MyNetworkTV before a "steamier" TV-MA version of the same episode airs at 1AM ET the same night on Fox Reality Channel.
Despite Clutter's passing, "his family and producers decided to keep his scenes in the full run of the [show's] episodes," according to Broadcasting & Cable.
When reached by Reality TV World, a Fox Cable Networks spokesperson confirmed Clutter was killed in an October 12 climbing accident in Amarillo but declined to reveal additional details, citing his family's desire for privacy. Paradise Hotel 2 completed production during the third week of September, according to the spokesperson.