Reality TV Star Dies Suddenly

( After a long battle with Lewy Body dementia, former US Marine Roger Sexton, who competed on the reality TV show “Survivor: Amazon” in 2003, died last month in Walla Walla, Washington surrounded by family. He was 76-year-old.

Sexton was cast in the sixth season of “Survivor,” the first season to separate the tribes into women versus men. Fifty-six at the time, Sexton became the oldest contestant to compete. He lasted 21 days before being voted off the show.

Aside from his 21-day stint on “Survivor,” Roger Sexton was a member of the United States Marine Corps for several years, including serving on a tour in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967.

After he returned from Vietnam, Sexton married his wife Diane and began working in the construction industry for the bulk of his career.

Sexton and his wife had two daughters, Heather and Amy. But in 1992, when Heather was just 16, she died from a bout of viral pneumonia. Amy is now married and has two children, Drew and Hadley.

In the online obituary announcing Sexton’s death, his family described him as a doting grandfather who, while at times irascible, had a strong work ethic and drive.

His family said Sexton’s “confidence, disciple, and determination to succeed” were “vital components” of his character which also “assisted him” in getting cast on “Survivor.” Unfortunately, the family wrote, it was the more “challenging aspect” of his character that “eventually prevailed, leading to his eventual demise.”

Lewy Body dementia is the second-most common type of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease. It is also known as dementia with Lewy bodies, which are protein deposits that develop in the nerve cells in the regions of the brain involved in thinking, memory, and motor control.

The disease causes a progressive decline in mental abilities but also causes physical symptoms similar to those in Parkinson’s disease like rigid muscles, difficulty walking, slow movement, and tremors.