08:02 AM EDT 07/24/2014
Originally posted 06/25/2014 04:30PM
Survivor contestant Caleb Bankston was one of the most popular characters in the past several seasons, both with fellow contestants and with fans. So when he died in a railway accident on Tuesday, the news traveled quickly throughout the Survivor community.
Host Jeff Probst, who is currently out of the country filming Survivor: San Juan Del Sur, was stunned by the unexpected news. "The entire Survivor crew is together in Nicaragua," he tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. "We are shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of Caleb. He was one of the most humble and likable contestants we have ever had the pleasure of working with on the show. A true gentleman. He will be missed by so many. We extend our most sincere condolences to his family and to his fiancé, Colton."
Originally posted 06/24/2014 11:20PM
Caleb Bankston, who competed on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, died when the train he was on derailed on Tuesday, PEOPLE has confirmed through multiple sources.
Bankston, 26, worked at the Alabama Warrior Railway in Birmingham. He competed on Survivor: Blood vs. Water in 2013 alongside his fiancé, Colton Cumbie, ending the game in ninth place.
Originally posted 06/24/2014 12:55PM
The Survivor and Amazing Race alums are new parents to Adelina Rose, born Friday
Originally posted 06/10/2014 10:30AM
The Survivor winner welcomed son Constantine Anthony on Monday, he tells PEOPLE exclusively
Originally posted 06/04/2014 02:45PM
When Jefra Bland flew to last month's finale of Survivor: Cagayan, her mind wasn't on who would win the million dollars.
Originally posted 05/22/2014 11:25AM
Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.
"I don't have any regrets."
– Colby Donaldson, Survivor: Australia
Tony Vlachos won the million dollars on the finale of Survivor Wednesday, along with the title of Sole Survivor, and most importantly – the final Fishy. His victory capped off a season he dominated with big moves and flashy gameplay. Thanks to Tony, Survivor: Cagayan will go down as one of the top seasons in the history of the show.
Originally posted 05/21/2014 02:15PM
For a show in its 28th season, Survivor has proven itself to be shockingly resilient.
The newest installment, Survivor: Cagayan has been one of the most engrossing seasons in years – and the viewers have noticed. Ratings have spiked, and the show regularly beats American Idol in its time slot.
But it all comes to an end on Wednesday night when the show crowns its latest winner. Unlike previous seasons, each member of the final four could make an argument to win the game.
Originally posted 05/20/2014 12:55PM
At 48, Trish Hegarty was the oldest contestant to compete on Survivor: Cagayan. Initially banished from her tribe, the Massachusetts Pilates trainer managed to battle her way into the game's most dominant power alliance. But it didn't last.
Three days before the end of the game, her alliance turned on her, opting instead to keep caustic attorney Kass McQuillan.
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