Angie Jakusz, a participant from Survivor‘s tenth season, died January 8 after losing a long battle with cancer, People reports. She was 40.
Jakusz was just 25 years old when she was cast Survivor: Palau in 2005. At the time, she was working as a bartender and artist in New Orleans, La.
When she arrived at the game, she was targeted at the First Tribal Council after the Ulong tribe lost the immunity challenge. She then impressed her tribe by performing well in challenges and breaking down the tribe’s initial assessments of her colorful tattoos and bold piercings.
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“We had heard from her family three years ago that she was battling cancer,” Palau tells comrade Coby Archa to People. “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 is the second cast member from Survivor: Palau to walk away. Jenn Lyon died in 2010 after her battle with breast cancer. Archa posted a tribute photo on Instagram (below) of his two lost tribes.
Jakusz survived by her husband of nine years, Steven Calandra.