Surviving contestant Roger Sexton dies aged 76 after long battle with Lewy body dementia
- Sexton died in late October, his family confirmed Thursday
- Reportedly, he had been battling dementia for a while
- Sexton appeared in season six of Survivor
- The season was filmed near the Amazon River in Brazil
Survivor contestant Roger Sexton has died aged 76.
Sexton’s relatives confirmed on Thursday that he died at his daughter’s home in Walla Walla, Washington, in late October, in the presence of family and caregivers after a long battle with dementia, according to TMZ.
Sexton was featured in season six of Survivor way back in 2003, which was filmed in Brazil near the Amazon River.
Reality contestant: Roger Sexton has died aged 76 after a lengthy battle with dementia, his family confirmed to TMZ on Thursday; seen on Survivor
Lewy body dementia is the second most common form of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.
It occurs when protein deposits known as Lewy bodies begin to accumulate in nerve cells in the brain, negatively affecting both cognitive and motor abilities.
Sexton’s season of Survivor initially split the men and women into competing tribes, and he rose in the ranks to lead the men’s team before finally merging the groups when only ten participants remained.
Tropical: Sexton’s 2003 season of Survivor was filmed near Brazil’s Amazon River; in the front row, second from the right
Natural Leader: Men and women were initially divided into competing tribes, and he rose to lead the men’s team before merging the groups when only ten participants were left; seen on Survivor
Sexton lasted a whopping 21 days in the Amazon out of the show’s 39 days, though he was voted out of the show when the women’s team convinced several male contestants to vote against him.
To be obituary states that he was born in Oakland, California, and grew up in the Bay Area before enlisting in the Marines and serving in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967.
After his discharge, Sexton married Diane Rodrick in 1968 and then graduated from California Polytechnic Institute San Louis Obispo in 1971 with a degree in construction management. He then became vice president of a construction contracting company.
The ending: Sexton was eventually voted out when members of the women’s team convinced some men to vote against him. He was a lover of the outdoors and had a passion for hiking, skiing and cycling
He was a lover of the outdoors and had a passion for hiking, skiing and cycling through nature.
Tragically, his daughter Heather died of viral pneumonia in 1992 at just 16 years old.
He leaves behind his wife Diane, his daughter Amy and her husband Brian Evensen, his grandchildren Drew and Hadley Evensen and his sisters Pamela Mills and Patricia Markowitz.
Service: Sexton served as a Marine in Vietnam from 1966-67. He married his surviving wife Diane in 1968 and became VP of a construction company before appearing on Survivor.