Angie Jakusz, candidate for CBS Survivor: Palau, died Jan. 8 in New Orleans of cancer at the age of 40, according to reports.
Born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Jakusz lived in San Francisco and New York before moving to New Orleans.
Jakusz was cast for the series in 2005 while working as a bartender. She immediately drew attention to the show because of her colorful tattoos. However, she confused the low expectations and became a popular contender with viewers. She survived several tribal councils before being rejected.