Dan Lembo death: Survivor: Nicaragua contestant dies aged 75

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Survivor: Nicaragua contestant Dan Lembo was found dead at his Manhattan home aged 75

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

Survivor: Nicaragua contestant Dan Lembo has passed away at the age of 75.

The Brooklyn-born contestant — who competed on Survivor’s 21st season in 2010 — passed away at his home in Manhattan on Sept. 3, according to his obituary.

A cause of death for Dan – born Daniel Louis Lembo – is not yet known.

Sad News: Survivor: Nicaragua contestant Dan Lembo has passed away at the age of 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 husband, Barbara.

His family remembered him as a “charismatic, larger than life, extroverted bon vivant” who loved “nothing more than spending time with his kids 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 of two,” the obituary read.

Gone too soon: The Brooklyn-born contestant — who competed on Survivor's 21st season in 2010 — died Sept. 3 at his Manhattan home, according to his obituary

Gone too soon: The Brooklyn-born contestant — who competed on Survivor’s 21st season in 2010 — died Sept. 3 at his Manhattan home, according to his obituary

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

Lembo – who was part of the Espada tribe on Survivor – was 63 when he placed 5th on the popular reality TV show, losing 25 pounds.

Although he was not known for his great physical performance during the challenges – in part due to his previous knee surgeries – he was nevertheless well liked by his fellow competitors.

Beloved: Lembo - who was much loved by fellow contestants - was 63 when he joined the show, despite previous knee surgeries.  He lost 25 pounds during filming and ended up placing 5th

Beloved: Lembo – who was much loved by fellow contestants – was 63 when he joined the show, despite previous knee surgeries. He lost 25 pounds during filming and ended up placing 5th

He even made it to the final five before being voted off on Day 37.

Lembo was already a millionaire when he decided to join Survivor after a successful real estate career.

“I didn’t play Survivor for money, I wanted the adventure,” he told People after his elimination.

“I’m the type of guy who sees a challenge and thinks, ‘I could do that.’ So I wanted to be a part of this crazy game – and I did pretty well I’d say! I’ve come a long way.’

Beloved adventure: Lembo was already a millionaire when he decided to join Survivor after a successful real estate career, saying he wanted to play for 'the adventure'

Beloved adventure: Lembo was already a millionaire when he decided to join Survivor after a successful real estate career, saying he wanted to play for ‘the adventure’

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