Angie Jakusz, best known as a participant in “Survivor”, has died after a three-year battle with cancer. She was 40.
She died Friday in the New Orleans area, but the official cause of her death has not yet been announced, TMZ reported. A funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon in Metairie, Louisiana.
A GoFundMe site recently launched in her name revealed that she had been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a rare form of colorectal cancer. As of Thursday morning, the crowd-sourcing campaign had raised $ 255 of its $ 30,000 goal.
Born Cassandra Anne Jakusz in Waukesha, Wisconsin, she later spent time in San Francisco and New York before moving permanently to New Orleans, according to her CBS biography. She worked there as an artist ̵
Despite her plethora of colorful tattoos, Jakusz’s colleagues “Survivor” castaways gave her the nickname “No Fun Angie” when she appeared in the 2005 season of the CBS reality TV trailblazer, which was set in Palau. She competed for the Ulong Tribe.
Jakusz, who also starred in the gruesome 1998 indie film “Lucinda’s Magic,” actually made a small reality TV story in “Survivor,” The Sun reported. She was voted out on day 12 – making her the first contestant to lose during the revote phase of the tribal council.
Despite her young age – she was only 25 when she did the show – Jakusz quickly became a favorite among his tribal peers and audience.
“People need to remember back in 2005 – women were not thrown on ‘Survivor’ with dreads and tattoos,” “Palau” fellow Coby Archa, 48, told People. “And many people would see her play again for her strength.”
She got solid performance in various team challenges, but ended up placing 13th when she got the boot. Diehard fans later saw her at the show’s 10-year anniversary party, which aired in 2010.
“We had heard from her family three years ago that she was battling cancer,” Archa said. “We raised some money for her treatments. She was not in fame, just the experience of ‘Survivor.’ She came, she played, and she returned to her life in New Orleans. She liked her life that way. ”
Jakusz survived by her husband of nine years, Steven Calandra, and her parents as well as brother, niece and nephew.