Cassandra Waldon, former ‘Big Brother’ houseguest, dead at 56

Big Brother” alum Cassandra Waldon, who was the very first houseguest to enter the house on the U.S. version, has died. She was 56.

Waldon passed away on Sept. 25 in Rome, where she lived and worked, due to a head injury sustained in a car accident about two months ago, according to TMZ. She never regained consciousness following the accident.

A communications director for the United Nations, Waldon finished in sixth place on the inaugural season of “Big Brother” in 2000. “Big Brother” host Julie Chen Moonves paid tribute to Waldon with a heartfelt post on Instagram on Friday.

“Rest In Peace Cassandra. Your light will continue to shine in this world because of the way you lived your life: with class and grace,” Chen Moonves wrote. “May your family and loved ones find solace and peace. Thank you for bringing your intelligence, warmth and wisdom to the ‘Big Brother’ house Season 1. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers. May God Bless your soul.”

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After “Big Brother,” Waldon continued to work for the U.N., eventually ending up in Rome, where she served as the director of communications for the International Fund for Agricultural Development. Stéphane Dujarric, the U.N. spokesman for the Secretary-General, remembered Waldon during a press briefing last week.

“And just on a sad note, I want to extend our condolences to the family of our colleague Cassandra Waldon, the Director of Communications at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), who passed away this week,” Dujarric said. “She was a delightful and dedicated colleague and we were sad to learn of her passing.”

A memorial service is planned in Waldon’s home state of Maryland for next weekend.

Waldon is the second houseguest from the U.S. franchise to pass away, following Season 2 star Kent Blackwelder, who died in 2007 at 62.

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