ITV The 1% Club contestant tragically dies after filming as fans pay tribute

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Lee Mack presents the ITV quiz show -Credit:ITV

The 1% Club viewers have been left devastated following the news that one of the contestants tragically died shortly after filming the ITV quiz show.

The episode, which aired over the weekend, is hosted by Lee Mack. Steven Wong, who appeared among the 100 studio members taking part in the show, sadly never got to see his television debut as he died not long after cameras stopped rolling.

The brain-teasing quiz show features logic-based questions that progressively become harder. Typically, contestants start with a question solvable by 90% of the British population but end with a difficult question only answerable by the smartest 1%.

For whoever gets furthest, they have the chance to answer the all-important 1% question and take home whatever winnings are in the prize pot. However, the ITV studio audience often dwindle down as the questions get harder.

Steve, 52, had a conversation with comedian host Lee during the show when he enthusiastically let everyone know his claim to fame having nearly been cast in a huge Hollywood blockbuster as a child reports the Mirror.

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Steven Wong sadly died after filming the ITV episode -Credit:ITV

The 52-year-old, who instead ended up working for a utility company, disclosed that he had been second-in-line to act in the world-renowned Harrison Ford hit, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, back in 1981 at the age of 10.

Lee Mack was left impressed, before joking as Steven said he didn't like to talk about it, he quipped: "You say you don't like to talk about it, you brought it up on national television."

Steven made it to the 50% question before he was booted out of winning any cash. Viewers were left emotional at the end of the episode when it was revealed in the credits Steven had tragically died shortly after filming and prior to the episode being aired on TV.

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ITV Producers paid a heartwarming tribute to the contestant at the end of the programme, dedicating a solemn message to him in white text set against a black backdrop. It read: "In memory of Steven Wong. 1972-2024."

Fans took to social media to pen their own tribures, as one viewer wrote, "Very sad to hear about Steven Wong. Thoughts are with his family" while another simply expressed, "RIP Steven Wong."

Another fan chimed in expressing regret for Steven's unfulfilled acting potential: "He should have continued his path of acting! Reckon he would have been a big star!"

Elsewhere, another contestant had Lee in stitches when one of the questions that came up asked people to spot the error. The question was 'An Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman walk into a bar - which one is wrong?' notably, Englishman was spelt wrongly.

One studio member that got booted out told Lee he chose Scotsman as he "didn't think it was a word" before revealing he thought Manchester was in Scotland. "I'm from London, I've not been anywhere higher than that," he quipped.

Lee Mack joked: "I seen you in the audience and thought 'great I can do gags for the kid at school' but I am doubting actually you have ever been to school."

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