With the “Survivor” Season 38 finale set for Wednesday night, it’s the perfect time to take a moment and remember all of the players we’ve lost through the years. Thankfully, no one has ever died while filming the American version of “Survivor.” However, four castaways have passed away in the years since their reality TV journeys came to an end. Click through our “Survivor” deaths photo gallery above for a look back at Jenn Lyon, B.B. Andersen, Caleb Bankston and Dan Kay.
The last episode of “Survivor: Edge of Extinction” will name a winner between either Victoria Baamonde, Rick Devens, Lauren O’Connell, Julie Rosenberg, Gavin Whitson, or one of the 11 voted-out castaways who will return from Extinction Island. The three-hour finale event begins airing at 8:00 p.m. PT/5:00 p.m. ET, hosted once again by Jeff Probst.
Jenn Lyon (‘Survivor: Palau’), Feb. 27, 1972 – Jan. 19, 2010
Jenn finished fourth place on the 10th season in the show’s first fire-making tiebreaker. She and eventual champion Tom Westman voted for Ian Rosenberger while Ian and Katie Gallagher voted for Jenn. In the tiebreaker, Ian was first to build a successful fire and Jenn was eliminated. Jenn was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer in 2005, shortly after her season of the show aired. She survived cancer for five years and was involved in numerous charities and foundations in support of cancer education, research and awareness before passing away in 2010 when a remission of her cancer metastasized to the bone.
B.B. Andersen (‘Survivor: Borneo’) Jan. 18, 1936 – Oct. 29, 2013
B.B. was the second player eliminated from the breakout first season of “Survivor.” At the age of 64, he was the second oldest player in Borneo, but also one of the most abrasive. One of the contributing factors to his elimination was saying that he wouldn’t mind if he was voted out, making him an easy first pick for his tribe. B.B. passed away in 2013 after a battle with brain cancer.
Caleb Bankston (‘Survivor: Blood vs. Water’), Mar. 26, 1987 – Jun. 24, 2014
As the fiance of “Survivor: One World” contestant Colton Cumbie, Caleb competed in the show’s first “Blood vs. Water” season featuring players with ties to one another. Caleb made it much farther than Colton, who quit in the third episode, placing eighth. On the show the couple was noteworthy for their polar opposite demeanors with Caleb being the less dramatic of the two. Caleb passed away in 2014 at the age of 26 in an accidental derailment while working at the Alabama Warrior Railway.
Dan Kay (‘Survivor: Gabon’), Jun. 30, 1976 – Dec. 31, 2016
Dan finished in 11th place on the 17th season of “Survivor,” shortly before the merge and one shy of making the jury. His downfall in the game was tied to a tribal switch and a double tribal council that left him without safety on a tribe made up of a majority of people from the opposite original tribe. Dan passed away unexpectedly at the end of 2016 at the age of 40.
-Obituary text by John Benutty
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