Survivor alum Roger Sexton has passed at age 76. An obituary by his family has confirmed that the former reality show contestant died on October 26, following a long battle with Dementia, at his daughter and son-in-law’s home in Walla Walla, Washington.
Sexton appeared on the sixth season of Survivor, titled The Amazon, and was able to last for 21 days in the show. He was also a Vietnam War veteran and was enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1964. Read on to know more about his life and career.
Survivor Star Roger Sexton Dies at 76
As per the obituary, Sexton was battling Lewy Body Dementia for a long time. “Roger was an amazing provider to his family, cherishing his role as a father to his daughters, Heather and Amy,” the family said.
“Confidence, discipline, and determination to succeed were all vital components to Roger’s character, which assisted him in being cast on Season 6 of Survivor in 2002. However, the other more challenging aspects of his character eventually prevailed, leading to his eventual demise, but provided lasting memories of the exacerbating force that was Roger.”
“Unfortunately, Roger lost his sweet daughter, Heather, at the young age of 16 due to viral pneumonia on October 22, 1992, a loss still felt by all who knew her. However, the love Roger felt for Heather carried over to the love he felt for his grandchildren,” they added.
Twitter Flooded with Condolence Messages
After the news broke out, many celebrities, who knew Sexton through his appearance on Survivor, paid their coldness. “We are very saddened to hear the news about the passing of Roger Sexton from Survivor: Amazon. May he rest in eternal peace,” wrote a viewer.
Journalist Ben Waterworth tweeted, “Sad to hear that Roger Sexton has passed away. Always remember his great interview I did with him back in the SurvivorOz days and the “fun” it caused with the cast afterwards. Vale to a memorable Survivor player.”
Musician Mike Bloom wrote, “Just found out that Roger Sexton passed away after a battle with dementia. Though I hardly agreed on any of his views, he was a unique character and an essential part of one of my favorite #Survivor seasons. Rest In Peace, tonight’s long distance dedication is for you.”
Roger Sexton Participated in Survivor Season 6 in 2003
Sexton appeared on Survivor: The Amazon in 2003 and lasted 21 days in the jungle. He joined the Tambaqui tribe and was shortly chosen as the leader of his team. He was also remembered for the friction he had with other participants.
In the end, the opposing team blindsided him by turning a number of members of his own team against him, which led to his dismissal from the show. As per his obituary, Roger served in the Vietnam war from 1966 to 1967.
He also had a degree in Construction Management and built a successful career for himself, eventually becoming the Vice President for Tutor Perini Construction, one of the largest contractors in the country. Roger is survived by his wife Diane, daughter Amy, his grandchildren, and two sisters.
Our heartfelt condolences to Roger Sexton’s family and friends. May his soul rest in peace!