Former `Survivor' contestant dead at age 37

Jennifer Lyon poses for photographers afer the finale and reunion show of CBS's "Survivor: Palau", Sunday May 15, 2005 in New York. Lyon was one of the final four castaways on the show. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

January 21, 2010 7:31:21 AM PST
Former "Survivor" contestant Jennifer Lyon has died at age 37. Lyon was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, the same year she finished fourth on the CBS reality show.

A network representative confirmed her death Wednesday.

Lyon was raised in the Columbia River city of The Dalles. Her biography on says she attended Portland State and Western Oregon universities before graduating from Oregon State.

She joined the "Survivor Palau" competition as a nanny and graduate student from California. Following her diagnosis, she became an advocate for breast cancer awareness.

"Survivor" host Jeff Probst said in a statement he reconnected with Lyon several years ago and stayed in touch during her cancer treatment. In his words, "Her wisdom about how to live a life with quality seemed to grow with each passing day."

Probst said Lyon died in Oregon.