Angie Jakusz, who is best known for taking part in “Survivor,” has passed away at the age of 40 after battling a three-year cancer.
Jakusz died Friday in the New Orleans area. However, her official cause of death is yet to be announced, as per TMZ. A graveside service was held Wednesday afternoon in Metairie, Louisiana.
The woman had been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma, a rare form of colorectal cancer, according to a GoFundMe page launched to gather money and aid her in her battle. As of Thursday morning, the crowdsourcing campaign had raised $255 of its $30,000 goal.
Angie Jakusz was born Cassandra Anne Jakusz in Waukesha, Wisconsin. She spent time in both San Francisco and New York before settling down permanently in New Orleans, as per her CBS bio. She was a painting artist and bartended in the French Quarter.
She earned the moniker “No Fun Angie” — despite her colorful arm tattoos. She appeared on the 2005 season of the amazing CBS reality TV show. She competed for the Ulong Tribe.
Jakusz, who also co-starred in the raunchy 1998 indie movie “Lucinda’s Spell,” actually made a little reality TV history on “Survivor,” the Sun reported. She was voted out on day 12 — which made her the first contestant to lose during the revote phase in tribal council.
Despite her young age — she was only 25 when she did the show — Jakusz quickly became a favorite of her tribe-mates and audiences alike.
“People have to remember back in 2005 — women weren’t cast on ‘Survivor’ with dreads and tattoos,” fellow “Palau” contestant Coby Archa, 48, told People. “She broke the casting barrier. Fans related to her story so much. And a lot of people wanted to see her play again for her strength.”
She racked up solid performances in various team challenges, but ended up ranking in 13th place when she got the boot. Diehard fans later spotted her at the show’s 10-year anniversary party that aired in 2010.
“We had heard from her family three years ago that she was battling cancer,” Archa told the outlet. “We raised some money for her treatments. 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, Steven Calandra, and her parents, as well as a brother, niece and nephew.