Which ‘Survivor” Contestants Have Died?

It is one of the longest-running reality competition shows ever, and for many fans, Survivor still sets the gold standard for television entertainment. With nail-biting excitement front and center in every episode, it upholds a standard of realism that is very rare in reality television.

The show premiered in 2000 and is still currently in syndication, gaining new fans every day. Diehard fans of the show often wonder what has become of their favorite contestants on the show and whether they are still around. 

What is the format of ‘Survivor’?

While Survivor has been around for a staggering 38 seasons and been regular syndication since 2000, when it first premiered, the format of the show was all-new. The show centers around a group of random strangers who are dropped off in a deserted location and left to fend for themselves. The contestants are often very different from each other in terms of personality, and one of the most difficult things that the survivors have to adapt to is learning how to work well within the group.

The contestants must provide food, shelter, and water for themselves while working together (or not) with the other contestants around them. During the course of each season, the contestants compete in various challenges, all designed to test their survival prowess in a difficult situation. As they complete the challenges, they are voted off the show one by one, until only one survivor remains. The winner, called the “Sole Survivor,” receives a huge cash prize and the respect and admiration of audiences everywhere.

Have any contestants died?


In over 19 years on the air, Survivor has introduced television audiences to a wide variety of interesting personalities. Seeing people go through incredibly difficult challenges while being stripped of creature comforts really seems to appeal to a wide audience, and the show has consistently been ranked as one of the top-rated shows on television. Sadly, not all Survivor contests from the 38 seasons on air are still around to wonder in the show’s legacy. 

All in all, four contestants have passed away since the show first premiered, although no one has actually died on the show itself. The first season of Survivor introduced fans to B.B. Anderson, one of the contestants on the very first season of Survivor in 2000. Although Anderson was popular with audiences for his no-nonsense persona, he was one of the first to be voted off the show, likely due to the fact that he was open about not minding if he went home. Anderson passed away in 2013, after a tragic bout with brain cancer. 

In 2013, Caleb Bankston competed on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, the 27th season of the show. His genial nature and friendly attitude appealed to both fans and contestants alike, which made it all the more tragic when he passed away in 2014 from a freak work accident. Dan Kay was another fan favorite, and a mainstay of the 17th season – he passed away in 2016 at the young age of 40. Finally, the fourth Survivor contestant who is no longer around is Jenn Lyon, a veteran of the show’s 10th season. She was tough and tenacious and was never voted off the show during her stint. Rather, she was eliminated late in the game but remained popular with fans of the show. Tragically, Lyon lost her battle with cancer after a long fight in 2010. 

Survivor is still going strong after 38 seasons and shows no signs of fading away – with a loyal fanbase and high production values, it is very likely that Survivor will continue to entertain going into 2020