'Survivor: Palau' contestant Jennifer Lyon dies from breast cancer

According to People, Survivor: Palau contestant Jennifer Lyon died in her Oregon home Tuesday night at age 37. The reality star, who appeared on the series’ 2005 installment, was diagnosed with stage-three breast cancer soon after the show ended and chose a radical bilateral mastectomy, followed by chemotherapy and tamoxifen, a drug used to prevent recurrence of the disease. Lyon was an ardent breast cancer prevention supporter and hosted many events to raise money for research.

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  • Michelle

    I love Survivor, and Jenn was a great contestant. I really admired her for showing up for the reunion when she obviously wasn’t 100%. My heart goes out to her family.

  • Blinko

    I don’t recall her so that must have been when I stopped watching Survivor. Such sad news. So young

  • Laura

    Very sad – she was my age :( rest in peace, Jenn.

  • wino

    RIP. i remember this girl, very sad loss indeed.

  • Sam

    Such a lovely woman…RIP Jennifer

  • Naye

    Very sad. She was a good player and a pretty nice person on the game show. Glad her pain is over.

  • Dana

    will miss her so sad

  • Nathan

    Jenn was one of the most beautiful people to ever play what is often a very ugly game. She proved what a true Survivor is, and she will be missed.

  • Terry

    Would it have too much trouble to put up a picture. Every other article on Survivor finds a way to stick Boston Rob’s homely mug on it, you’d think since this is about one person, you could spare a pic. Course you’d probably find one of ther standing next to…oh, never mind.

  • zoe

    while i did not survivor, i did catch her on the news during the holidays. she and her boyfriend ran a xmas tree lot in los angeles, and the proceeds went to a breast cancer foundation. she would work at that lot every single day, and although you could tell she was fighting to stay positive, she was a ray of light. she was beautiful and extremely inspiring. my thoughts and prayers go out to her family and her boyfriend. r.i.p

  • zoe

    did not watch survivor i meant. typo in the first sentence, sorry.

  • RDP

    Farewell. Peace be with her now and forever.

  • mark

    Rest in peace, Jenn.

    • Bridge_End

      My thoughts and prayers are with her family and many friends. She will always be a beautiful woman inside and out. Now she s sharng her beauty wth heaven

  • Winston

    That’s terrible. I hope the producers will dedicate an episode or at least mention her in the credits/finale. I had no idea she had cancer. Most, if not all the focus was on Ethan. And she was so young too.


  • charles

    So sad to hear. M

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