Former "Survivor" contestant Angie Jakusz has died at age 40. News of her death was confirmed this week by her family in an obituary.
"Cassandra Anne Jakusz, also known as 'No Fun Angie' passed away on Friday, January 8, 2021," the obituary reads. "Angie was an incredibly passionate person with an extraordinary lust for life. Whether she was sewing, painting, drawing, doing nail art or makeup, costuming, reading, snorkeling, scuba diving, traveling or just raising hell, she did it lovingly and with laser precision."
No cause of death was given but it has been widely reported that the "Survivor: Palau" contestant had been diagnosed with squamous cell colorectal cancer three years ago.
Jakusz appeared on season 10 of "Survivor" in 2005 as a member of the Ulong tribe and was eventually voted off in 13th place. In an interview with The New York Times that year, Jakusz explained why her tribe eventually fell apart.
"I'd watched enough 'Survivor' to know that you have an equal balance of both brains and brawn, and we didn't seem to," she said. "It became apparent that people even had a hard time listening to what Jeff Probst was saying about the rules of the challenges."
Jakusz, who worked as a bartender and artist at the time, was known for the colorful tattoos on her arms and chest. She defied social norms and that was what viewers loved about her, said "Survivor: Palau" contestant Coby Archa to People.
"She broke the casting barrier," he said. "Fans related to her story so much. And a lot of people wanted to see her play again for her strength."
Archa said Jakusz's family had revealed that she had been battling cancer and they embarked upon a mission to help raise funds for her medical bills.
"We raised some money for her treatments," Archa said. "She wasn't into the fame, just the experience of 'Survivor.' She came, she played, and she went back to her life in New Orleans. She liked her life that way."
Jakusz is survived by her husband of nine years, her parents, her brother, niece, and nephew.
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