By Alexa Ball
A champion body boarder was killed by a great white shark Thursday off the South African coast and may have been caused by a documentary being filmed, according to Fox Sports.
David Lilienfeld, 20, was attacked by a 13-foot-long great white near Cape Town, ABC News said.
"Shark Men" a National Geographic television show that documents the capture and tagging of great white sharks for research is being blamed for Lilienfeld's death, ABC News said.
The workers of "Shark Men" had been 'chumming' the waters, or putting out bait to attract sharks so they could capture them on film, ABC News said.
After the champion body boarder's death the Cape Town environmental officials pulled the film crew's research permit, Fox Sports said.
"There is no evidence or reason to suggest that the tagging of four White Sharks ... had any role to play in the tragic events," a city statement said. "Public and media speculation linking the two unrelated activities is uninformed and misleading," according to Fox Sports.