Louie Anderson Nearly Drowns In The Most Pathetic Way Possible, Is Saved By Ndamukong Suh

Splash is a British-import reality show on which celebrities have to execute dives into a pool. That's it. That's the whole show. The American version is set to begin airing this March.

Anyway, the show's cast of contestants features burned-out comedian Louie Anderson and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who no doubt created a lifetime bond during filming when Suh helped drag a drowning Anderson out of the pool while Anderons was executing practice dives. Here's how TMZ, which has exclusive and blurry photos of the incident, says it went down:

Sources close to the production tell TMZ, Louie — who's a contestant on the show — was practicing his dives on Wednesday when he became a little too bushed to pull himself up the ladder ... falling back into the water again and again.

We're told Louie eventually had to be rescued by Suh and divemaster Greg Louganis — who physically lifted the foundering funnyman to the poolside. Louie then sat coughing up water for several seconds.

Oh boy. It's hard to imagine a sadder image than that of Louie Anderson struggling to pull himself out of a pool until he is weakened to the point of drowning, only to be rescued by two men who didn't even bother shedding their robes. That's almost as sad as the fact that one of the NFL's best defensive players will soon be appearing on a celebreality show about diving with Louie Anderson.

[TMZ]