Angie Yakush, best known as a Survivor racer, has died after a three-year battle with cancer. She was 40.
She died Friday in the New Orleans area, but the official cause of death has not yet been announced, TMZ reported. A funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon in Meteira, Louisiana.
The GoFundMe page recently launched in her name revealed that she had been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a rare form of colorectal cancer. As of Thursday morning, the crowd-raising campaign had raised $ 255 from its $ 30,000 target.
Born in Cassandra Ann Yakush in Wokesha, Wisconsin, she later spent time in San Francisco and New York before moving permanently to New Orleans, according to her CBS biography. She worked there as an artist ̵
Despite her many colorful tattoos, Yakush’s colleagues “Survivor” refused to give her the nickname “No Fun Angie” when she appeared in the 2005 season of the reality TV show CBS, which takes place in Palau. She competed for the Ulong tribe.
Yakush, who also starred in the indiscriminate independent film from 1998, The Lucinda Spell, actually made a bit of a reality TV story in Survivor, reports The Sun She was voted on day 12 – making her the first contestant to lose during the phase of abolition in the tribal council.
Despite her young age – she was only 25 when she did the show – Yakush quickly became a favorite of his countrymen and viewers.
“People have to remember back in 2005 – women weren’t thrown at Survivor with horrors and tattoos,” Palau athlete Kobe Archa, 48, told People. “She broke the casting barrier.” Fans associated with her story so much. And many people wanted to see her play again for her strength. “
She achieved solid performances in various team challenges, but eventually ranked 13th when she received the shoe. Diehard fans later spotted her at the show’s 10-year party, which aired in 2010.
“Three years ago, we heard from her family that she was fighting cancer,” Archa told the store. “We raised money for her treatment. She was not in glory, but only in Survivor’s experience. She came, played, and returned to her life in New Orleans. She liked her life that way. “
Yakush is survived by her husband of nine years, Stephen Calandra, and her parents, as well as a brother, niece and nephew.