Sunday Burquest, Former ‘Survivor’ Contestant, Dead at 50

by Evan Reier

Unfortunately, Sunday Burquest, a Survivor: Millenials vs. Gen X has died at age 50 due to esophageal and ovarian cancer.

According to People, the former contestant passed on Sunday morning, April 18. Besides being a contestant on the show, she was also a pastor. Her death comes just months after she was diagnosed with cancer.

A true fighter, Burquest actually had cancer previously to her second battle. The former Survivor contestant overcame breast cancer in 2012. She is survived by her husband and four children, as well as two daughter-in-laws.

Per People, she was declared cancer-free just before her chance to get on Survivor in 2016. She performed well on the show, placing seventh. She made it 35 days on the show.

Former Survivor Sunday Burquest Had Incredible Outlook on Life

When she was diagnosed with cancer, she gave an interview with People about how she planned to spend the next months. Doctors only gave her months to live, but that news didn’t stop her from making every moment count until the end.

“No one knows how much time you have left,” Burquest said. “Accidents can happen. Miracles can happen. Someone healthy can die unexpectedly, and someone sick can live for much longer than expected. So I don’t think of this as a death sentence; I think of this as something that has happened, and is now a part of my life. And I’m going to live my life as fully as I can.”

Being able to maintain that joy for life even at that moment is something immensely impressive. Her attitude and work ethic also translated to the people around her on Survivor. People added a quote to their report that said one contestant connected with her deeply.

“Sunday Burquest was my number one on Survivor,” the anonymous contestant said. “Our friendship and loyalty to each other helped us each get deep into the game. A friendship I cherish to this day. I am always amazed at Sunday’s love and compassion for her friends, family, and anyone she meets.”