‘Survivor’ Castaway Dies Unexpectedly on New Year’s Eve


Survivor alum Dan Kay has died at the age of 40, according to an obituary posted on the Lambert Funeral Home and Crematory website.

The tragic passing happened on New Year’s Eve. The cause of death is not known at this time.
Kay, who lived in New Hampshire, earned a bachelor’s degree from UMass-Amherst and then a law degree from Syracuse University. After graduating from law school, he became an attorney, which led to him being a Supervisory Contracting Officer for the US Air Force at Hanscom Air Force Base.
The obituary notes that he was “known for his hard word, dedication, attention to detail and strong work ethic” and liked to run, ski, listen to music and attend church. He had a “desire to be challenged and his quest for adventure [led] to his participation on the reality show Survivor. He also successfully skied Tuckerman’s Ravine and completed his first half marathon.”
Kay is survived by his two children, Reese Elizabeth and Jackson “Jax” Russell-Reid, and his mother, sister and girlfriend. “Although the time he had with his children was cut much too short, he leaves them with numerous memories of times filled with fun and laughter,” the obituary added.
A service will be held on Saturday, January 7 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Survivor host Jeff Probst tweeted his 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.”
At age 32, Kay competed on Survivor: Gabon, season 17, which aired in the fall of 2008. On day 21, he became the eighth person voted out.
Here is an interview Kay did with CBS just before he competed on Survivor:
The winner that season was Bob Crowley, who tweeted, “It is truly a sad day for our Survivor family. Dan Kay[passed] on 12/31/16. RIP Dan.”
Survivor: Game Changers premieres Wednesday, March 8 at 8/7c on CBS.
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