A very sad story.
Sounds like he had a lot of responsibility for such a young man. Perhaps he just buckled under the pressure.NBC promotional materials say Turpin was orphaned at 18 when his mother died. He cared for a younger brother, sister, niece and nephew while holding down jobs doing road work and cleaning seafood.
He also left a 2-year-old daughter along with his girlfriend, who appears in the show.
That seems like overkill to me. Are contestants on other reality shows prevented from making a living after they get booted off the island? Although to be fair, if he had a problem with the contract, he probably shouldn't have signed it at all.But Turpin's manager, Percy Custus, told the Philadelphia Daily News that among other troubles, Turpin was "frustrated" by a Contender contract that paid him $1,800 a week but prevented him from appearing in a boxing match until the series ends in May.
Sylvester Stallone was on Dennis Miller tonight, but didn't say anything about this situation, other than the fact that he will be attending the funeral.