Dan Lembo death: Survivor: Nicaragua contestant dies aged 75

Dan Lembo death: Survivor: Nicaragua contestant dies aged 75

Survivor: Nicaraguan contestant Dan Lembo found dead at his Manhattan home at age 75

  • The Brooklyn-born contestant died at his Manhattan home on September 3, according to his obituary
  • Because of death has not yet been provided
  • He is survived by two sons, Matthew and Michael, his grandchildren, Ava, Annabelle, Sailor, James, and Harper, and his former spouse Barbara
  • Lembo was 63 when he competed – and placed 5th – on the 21st season of Survivor in 2010, and lost 25lbs during filming
  • The real estate agent was already a millionaire when he decided to compete on the show, and shared he wanted to play for ‘the adventure’

Survivor: Nicaragua contestant Dan Lembo has died at age 75.

The Brooklyn-born contestant – who competed on the 21st season of Survivor in 2010 – died at his Manhattan home on September 3, according to his obituary.

A cause of death for Dan – born Daniel Louis Lembo – has not yet been provided.

Sad news: Survivor: Nicaragua contestant Dan Lembo has died at age 75

He is survived by his sons Matthew and Michael; daughters-in-law, Emily and Dana; grandchildren, Ava, Annabelle, Sailor, James, and Harper; and former spouse, Barbara.

He was remembered by his family as ‘charismatic, larger-than-life, outgoing bon vivant’ who ‘loved nothing more than spending time with his children and friends – new and old.’

‘On weekends, he enjoyed softball in Bridgehampton with friends. Daniel will be remembered as a friend to all and a father to two,’ the obituary stated.

Gone too soon: The Brooklyn-born contestant - who competed on the 21st season of Survivor in 2010 - died at his Manhattan home on September 3, according to his obituary

Gone too soon: The Brooklyn-born contestant – who competed on the 21st season of Survivor in 2010 – died at his Manhattan home on September 3, according to his obituary

His son Matt praised him for being his ‘best friend’ while Michael wrote, ‘No matter the situation, you were always there for me. You were my first phone call.’

Lembo – who was part of the Espada tribe on Survivor – was 63 when he placed 5th on the fan-favorite reality TV show, during which he lost 25lbs.

Though he wasn’t known for great physical performance in the challenges – in part due to his prior knee surgeries – he was nevertheless very well liked by his fellow contestants.

Well liked: Lembo - who was well liked by fellow contestants - was 63 when he joined the show, despite prior knee surgeries.  He lost 25lbs during filming and placed 5th in the end

Well liked: Lembo – who was well liked by fellow contestants – was 63 when he joined the show, despite prior knee surgeries. He lost 25lbs during filming and placed 5th in the end

He even made the final five, before being voted out on Day 37.

Lembo was already a millionaire when he decided to compete on Survivor, after having a successful real estate career.

‘I didn’t play Survivor for money, I wanted the adventure,’ he told People following his elimination.

‘I’m the type of guy who sees a challenge and thinks, “I could do that.” So I wanted to be part of this crazy game — and I did pretty well, I’d say! I made it really far.’

Loved adventure: Lembo was already a millionaire when he decided to compete on Survivor, after having a successful real estate career, and shared he wanted to play for 'the adventure'

Loved adventure: Lembo was already a millionaire when he decided to compete on Survivor, after having a successful real estate career, and shared he wanted to play for ‘the adventure’

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