'Wife Swap' husband found dead

May 7, 2008 at 7:32 PM
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BRIGHTON, England, May 7 (UPI) -- A man whose marriage broke up after he appeared in the British TV show "Wife Swap" has been found dead, the victim of an apparent accidental overdose.

The body of Simon Foster, 40, was discovered in mid-April in his apartment in the Brighton, England, area, The Argus, a local newspaper, reported. Foster's death was announced Tuesday.

The television show touted Foster and his wife, Jane, for their alternative lifestyle when their show aired last year.

"The free-spirited Fosters are a family with a difference -- Jane and Simon both have girlfriends outside of the marriage," the show said.

But by the time the show aired, the couple had separated. Foster, who had been a truck driver, lost his job.

"Simon was a good man who loved his kids," a friend told The Argus. "He hit a bad patch after the divorce and started taking drugs. I'm sure his death was an accidental overdose."

RDF Media Group, which produces "Wife Swap," issued a brief statement offering condolences to Foster's family and saying that all those who appear on "Wife Swap" are offered counseling.

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