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Jennifer Lyon
Survivor contestant
Born February 27, 1972(1972-02-27)
Died January 19, 2010 (aged 37)
Resides Encino, CA
Season(s) Palau
Finish 4th Place
Tribe(s) Palau:

Jennifer "Jenn" Lyon (February 27, 1972 – January 19, 2010) was one of the competitors in Survivor: Palau.[1] Lyon finished fourth in the competition. Lyon is the first former castaway of Survivor to die.[2]


Early life

Jennifer Lyon was born in Nevada, but grew up in Washington and Oregon. She enjoyed hiking, playing soccer, and photography. At the age of 18, Jennifer learned a lot of Spanish when she participated in the foreign exchange program around 1990. After graduating from high school, Jennifer spent a year in Spain and two years in London when she was working as a nanny. When Jennifer returned to the U.S., she attended Portland State University and spent a year there until she later attended Western Oregon State College before she was sent to Oregon State University. She later received a Bachelor of Science Degree in nutrition and food management.[3]

She was a native of Encino, California. In 2005 she was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer, and subsequently began blogging about her disease and treatment.

Lyon was involved with the Me and My Two Friends Foundation, which focuses on the early detection and prevention of breast cancer through education and awareness. It was founded by Alisa Unger, who designed jewelry and planned to donate a portion of the proceeds to fund breast cancer education projects.[4] In 2006, Lyon was the grand marshal for the 11th annual Walk for the Cause, a breast cancer fundraiser in Albany, New York.[5] In December 2009, Lyon opened a Christmas tree lot and donated all the profits to the Susan Love Cancer Research Foundation. In January she moved to a spot on the Hood River in Oregon.[6]


On January 19, 2010, she died from cancer, which had come back from remission and had metastasized to her bones. She is the first cast member of Survivor to die.[2][7] The special Surviving Survivor, which aired Thursday, February 4, 2010, just over two weeks after her death, was dedicated to her memory.


  • Survivor: Palau (2005) - Herself
  • Daddy Day Camp (2007) - Mrs. Simmons
  • Long Pig (2008) - Miranda[8]


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