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Survivor players who have died

Survivor players who have died
The sun sets on Edge of Extinction during Survivor: Winners at War (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment)

Months after the death of Survivor Thailand runner-up Clay Jordan, two Survivor players died this fall: Survivor Nicaragua’s Dan Lembo, who was 75, and Survivor Amazon’s Roger Sexton, who was 76.

In an obituary for Roger, his family said he died at from Lewy Body Dementia. Dan’s obituary did not include his cause of death.

They’re the third and fourth Survivor players to die this year, after Ralph Kiser and Clay Jordan, while last year saw the deaths of two players from cancer, Sunday Burquest and Angie Jakusz.

All Survivor players who’ve died

Since Survivor premiered in 2000, a total of 644 players have competed, and 13 of those contestants have died.

This is a look back at all those Survivor players and their legacies, in the game and outside of it. The list is in chronological order of their deaths.

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Karen Zuckerman

Friday 22nd of April 2022

Thank you for always keeping us up to date with the latest news from the world of “reality television”. The loss of 10 Survivor cast members out of 600+ may seem like a small percentage, but the number who have been lost to cancer is heartbreaking. Thanks for giving each player a well rounded summary of their lives and the time spent in the spotlight. Your insightful thoughts, accurate information, and often humorous side notes have kept me reading your newsletter for many years now. Take care.