Former Survivor contestant Dan Kay has died at the age of 40.
Kay died unexpectedly on New Year's Eve, according to his newly-posted obituary on Legacy.com. He is survived by his two children, mother, sister, two nieces, girlfriend, and his many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Kay was a castaway on Survivor: Gabon, the reality show's 17th season. Playing alongside contestants like Bob Crowley, Randy Bailey, Crystal Cox, Ken Hoang and Sugar Kiper, he came in 11th place, becoming the last person voted out before the jury stage of the game.
Since news spread of Kay's passing, the Survivor community has been tweeting their condolences:
I just heard the very sad news about the sudden loss of Dan Kay of Survivor: Gabon. The Survivor family sends our love to Dan's family.
— Jeff Probst (@JeffProbst) January 4, 2017
Please take a moment and watch this for my friend Dan Kay.https://t.co/qXIsMcwrZk
— Randy Bailey (@RandyBailey1720) January 4, 2017
How do I know Dan Kay was a mensch? Because even Corinne couldn’t speak ill of him. He alone mourned the Gabon turtle. He will be missed.
— Max Dawson (@fymaxwell) January 4, 2017
— Eliza Orlins (@eorlins) January 4, 2017
@JeffProbst Gabon memories will never fade. Lucky to have shared a once in a life journey with him and the rest of the tribe. RIP Dan
— Kelly Czarnecki (@KellyCzarnecki) January 4, 2017
Devastated to hear of the loss of Dan Kay from Survivor: Gabon. Thoughts are with Dan's loved ones. Love from all the SurvivorAU squad.
— Matt Tarrant (@MattTarrant) January 4, 2017
— Kristie Bennett (@kristiebennett) January 4, 2017
I am so sad to learn that an old dear friend of mine that I've known for 9 yrs has just recently passed. Dan Kay... https://t.co/VZB1nZjXK1
— Christina Cha (@TheChristinaCha) January 4, 2017
Kay is the fourth Survivor contestant to die after competing on the show. Survivor: Palau's Jennifer Lyon died in 2010 after battling breast cancer, Survivor: Borneo contestant B.B. Andersen died in 2013 of brain cancer and Survivor: Blood vs. Water player Caleb Bankston died in a railway accident in 2014.