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‘Survivor: Gabon’ contestant Dan Kay dead at 40

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 4/01/2017 KATE FELDMAN
Kay, a lawyer in Brookline, New Hampshire, lasted 21 days on his 2008 “Survivor” season before being voted off the island. © Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Kay, a lawyer in Brookline, New Hampshire, lasted 21 days on his 2008 “Survivor” season before being voted off the island.

Dan Kay, a former contestant on “Survivor: Gabon,” died unexpectedly at 40 years old on New Year’s Eve.

Kay, a lawyer in Brookline, New Hampshire, lasted 21 days on his 2008 “Survivor” season before being voted off the island.

He was “known for his hard work, dedication, attention to detail and strong work ethic,” according to his obituary.

“In his free time, he enjoyed running, skiing, listening to music, and attending Crossway Christian Church. Dan had a smile that could light up a room. His desire to be challenged and his quest for adventure lead to his participation on the reality show, ‘Survivor.’”

Kay had two children, Reese Elizabeth and Jackson “Jax” Russell-Reid.

“I just heard the very sad news about the sudden loss of Dan Kay of ‘Survivor: Gabon,’” host Jeff Probst tweeted. “The Survivor family sends our love to Dan's family.”

Kay is survived by his mother, sister, two nieces and his girlfriend, Jennifer DePietro.

His cause of death is unknown.

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