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'Survivor' host on Caleb Bankston's death: He was one of show's most humble, likable

Caleb Bankston on an episode of "Survivor: Blood

Caleb Bankston on an episode of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" that aired in September 2013. Credit: Caleb Bankston & Colton Cumbie via Facebook

'SURVIVOR' CONTESTANT KILLED Caleb Bankston, a gay Alabamian who competed on last year's "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" with his fiancé, Colton Cumbie, died Tuesday while working on a train car, Birmingham NBC affiliate WVTM reported. Bankston, 27, a train conductor for a coal facility, was helping a train back up when two axles derailed, tilting the car and throwing him out. said Bankston and Cumbie were to be married this fall, although Alabama does not allow same-sex marriages and does not recognize those performed elsewhere.

"Survivor" host and executive producer Jeff Probst said in a statement: "We are shocked and deeply saddened . . . He was one of the most humble and likable contestants we've ever had the pleasure of working with on the show."


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