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Survivor Borneo’s B.B. Andersen died this week

B.B. Anderson, one of the season-one Survivor cast members and the second person to be voted out, has died of brain cancer. He was 77.

His Kansas City Star obituary says he died Oct. 29 “at St. Luke’s Hospice House, Kansas City, MO after a courageous battle with brain cancer.”

It says B.B.’s “political impact and involvement was on the national level” and that he was “Known by many as a conservative champion, B.B. loved and served his country in various capacities for more than three decades.”

KC Confidential quotes attorney Dwight Sutherland, who said B.B. “basically had a massive stroke and brain cancer (sometime this summer) and was in an out of hospice for months now.”

Sutherland called him “an amazing, amazing guy. And he was a major, major donor to the Republican Party and it paid off for him. He got all sorts of government contracts. I mean, he got the bottled water concession for the first Gulf War in 1991 for Desert Storm. He had a condo in Northern Iraq.”

In this compilation of clips, B.B. becomes the first person in the show’s history to suggest throwing a challenge to “engineer an escape route for myself”–in other words, he wanted to quit.

He’s later voted out though not unanimously. (This was only the second Tribal Council in the show’s history, hence Probst’s not-yet-smooth delivery of the show’s now-signature elements.)


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